Cy­clist col­lides with truck in Strat­ford

Po­lice ex­press con­cerns after Sun­day ac­ci­dent

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

The RCMP on P.E.I. is warn­ing cy­clists that they must fol­low the rules of the road after in­ves­ti­gat­ing a col­li­sion be­tween a cy­clist and a truck.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened around 11 a.m. on Sun­day in the Straford area.

When emer­gency crews ar­rived, they found the cy­clist was con­scious but had sus­tained in­juries. He was taken to the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment and later re­leased.

RCMP of­fi­cers at the scene spoke to sev­eral wit­nesses and de­ter­mined the driver of the truck in­volved was not at fault.

“The RCMP would like to re­mind the trav­el­ling pub­lic that cy­clists have the same rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as a driver of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and must obey the same rules when trav­el­ling on our road­ways,” said a no­tice is­sued by the depart­ment on Tues­day.

“Cy­clists, like mo­torists, must stop for stop signs, red lights, sig­nal turns, yield to traf­fic that has the right-of-way and travel with the flow of traf­fic,” con­tin­ues the warn­ing from the RCMP.

“When rid­ing a bi­cy­cle, you are con­sid­ered a ve­hi­cle on the road. If you dis­mount and walk along­side your bi­cy­cle, you are con­sid­ered a pedes­trian and have the same rights as a pedes­trian.

“It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of driv­ers and cy­clists to work to­gether to keep our roads safe.”

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