Coun. Matt Allard hopes to do for the "Dutch reach" what he could not do for zipper merges.

The rookie St. Boniface councillor, who's developed a reputation for proposing quirky ideas at city hall, is backing a move to cut down on "doorings," or collisions between cyclists and the doors on motor vehicles.

Allard has authored a motion asking the city to work with Manitoba Public Insurance to popularize the "Dutch reach," a manoeuvre intended to ensure people in cars don't fling open their doors and into the path of oncoming cyclists without warning.

"The 'Dutch reach' sees a driver or passenger in a car use the opposite hand from their side of the door to pull the handle, thereby causing a physical motion of the body which produces a shoulder and side view mirror check," he said.

Allard said he has heard from several Winnipeggers who've been hurt when a car door swung open in their path.

"I know it's happening and this is just an easy way to stop something that's putting people's lives at risk and it's a very simple behaviour to change," he said.  

Council's public works committee approved the motion Tuesday.

Matt Cromie, the president of the Winnipeg Cycling Club, said it's a good idea but he's not sure it will catch on.

"I personally think that raising awareness of drivers with respect to cyclists is an awesome idea. I think that in concept the Dutch Reach is a good mechanism, but very likely will not be adopted by the drivers education groups that easily," he said in an email to CBC.

"As a cyclist and driver I'm aware and try to use this technique but often don't because I don't routinely park on the roads."

Elsewhere in Canada steep fines have been imposed for drivers who "door" cyclists. Last year, Quebec proposed a bill that boosted fines up to $300. In Ontario, fines for "dooring" can be as steep as $1,000. 

With files from Brett Purdy