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Video captures latest collision on new Ottawa bike lane


A third cyclist in nearly a month has been struck while riding down an Ottawa bike lane since it opened on Oct. 20. Another cyclist, Paul Ringuette, captured the incident on a camera mounted to his helmet while he was out for a ride on the new O’Connor Street bike lane on Tuesday afternoon.

The video shows a white van turning left onto Waverly Street hit a man who was cycling in the southbound bike lane. The cyclist was thrown from his bike onto the road before rolling onto the adjacent sidewalk. The driver of the white van stops his vehicle and runs over to the cyclist to see if he’s hurt. CTV Ottawa’s Eric Longley reported that the man lying on the sidewalk was shook up by the incident but that he managed to get up without any visible injuries.

Ottawa police said the driver of the white van was ticketed under the Highway Traffic Act for failing to yield to the cyclist who had the right of way in that instance.

The collision on Tuesday happened at the same intersection where another cyclist was struck on the day the new O’Connor Street bike lane opened in October. A week ago, another man was hit by a car pulling out of a parking lot on Somerset Street W. while he was using the new bike lane. Neither cyclist was seriously injured in the collisions.

The string of accidents has some residents concerned about the practicality of installing a two-way bike lane on a one-way street. City Coun. Catherine McKenney told CTV Ottawa on Wednesday that there isn’t anything wrong with the bike lane’s design and it will just take some time to get used to it.

“It’s still keeping cyclists safer than if they were out there without any segregation. There’s no doubt about that,” McKenney said. “We need to make sure, if you’re a driver, that you’re watching for cyclists. You have a responsibility to watch for pedestrians and cyclists. Pedestrians could be coming both ways as could cyclists.”

Despite the O’Conner Street bike lane incidents, the city plans to build more designated cycling paths. Ottawa City Hall has set aside more than $8 million to construct the new lanes.

With a report from CTV Ottawa

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  • Air Date: November 9, 2016

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