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A 66-year-old cyclist was transported to hospital last week, after a driver made an unsafe lane change and collided with him in a marked bike lane.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24th, Nanaimo RCMP received reports that a cyclist had been struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Townsite Road and Bush Street.

Police arrived at the site of the incident where they were told by the victim’s wife that her husband had been riding in the marked bike lane when an older model Corolla had struck him.

The driver of the Corolla was a 19-year-old woman. She remained at the scene of the collision and cooperated with investigators. 

The injured cyclist was transported to Nanaimo General Hospital where he was treated for significant but non-life threatening injuries.

“As the weather gets warmer and more and more cyclists are on the streets of Nanaimo, motorists and cyclists need to pay attention to bicycle lanes and how they intersect with the flow of vehicle traffic,” said Constable Gary O’Brien.

“The injured cyclist in this case was lucky to receive only the injuries he did and that a worse outcome was avoided.

The driver of the Corolla was issued a ticket for carrying out an unsafe lane change.

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