There was a close call yesterday afternoon in Prince Rupert when a motorist hit a small child on a bicycle, however due to low speeds during the accident no one was injured.
On August 15 at noon, the Prince Rupert RCMP responded to a report of a vehicle hitting a cyclist near the intersection on McBride St. and 2nd Avenue. When RCMP members arrived at the scene they learned that the cyclist, who was under the age of ten, was hit when they were riding their bike on the sidewalk.
“A vehicle was pulling out of a nearby parking lot just as the cyclist was riding across the exit. As a result, both the cyclist and the vehicle collided,” explained Constable Matt Ericson of the Prince Rupert RCMP.
Luckily the speeds of both the cyclist and the vehicle were slow enough at the time of the collision, so there were no injuries or damage done to the vehicle.
The Prince Rupert RCMP would like to remind bicyclists that when they are riding on the sidewalk they need to be aware of their surroundings, and that all motorists should be extra cautious in summers months, as there tends to be more people walking on streets, and riding bikes, rollerblades, skateboards, etc.