Pedestrian dies after being struck by cyclist, Vancouver police say

Vancouver police are investigating an incident that saw a pedestrian die after he was struck by a cyclist.

On the morning of November 17, an 80-year-old Vancouver man was crossing Main Street mid-block.

A cyclist riding northbound in the curb lane collided with the pedestrian.

According to police, the pedestrian suffered a serious head injury and was taken to hospital.

He died on the morning of November 18.

The Vancouver Police Department's collision investigation unit has spoken with one witness to the incident.

The unit is asking anyone else with information to contact it at 604-717-3012.

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NDB
Cyclists need to buy insurance if they want to ride downtown.

I had one cyclist JUST miss slamming into my car...it was 100% her fault, but there is nothing I could do to make her pay becuase she isnt insured.
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StunningStu
By that logic perhaps pedestrians over 200 pounds should be insured also.
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cranky mom
how sad for the family!
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Mike Grant
NDB that chant is getting old, next we insure joggers and baby carriages its time we banned cars in the core!
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Misanthrope
I say we just blow up the planet. That way no human has to moan about liability anymore.
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Rox
I don't disagree with cyclists having a share of the road with motor vehicle operators but there must be conditions.
Cyclists must adopt ALL rules of the road, complete a competency course, acquire insurance and pay the same $ amount for tickets and fines.
Have you ever seen a cyclist come to a complete stop at a 4-way stop intersection? A motor vehicle operator has to pay $167 for that same violation...a cyclist? Nada - zip - diddly. Failing to yield to a pedestrian nets the same fine...but not only do cyclists ignore this law and courtesy, they'll bark expletives at the pedestrian for getting in their way!?
Our criminal courts need to take bike operators into consideration when contentious accidents occur as well. No longer should drivers be at fault automatically in a collision between vehicle and cycle. There MUST be accountability from both parties.

Guess what cyclists? You got your wish - you got your exclusive lanes and more road space - now it's time to nut up. Accept your civic and financial responsibility to the city and stop behaving like the rules apply only to those with 4 tires.
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myname
A car: two to six seats enclosed in a metal shell where by the passenger(s) are protected with numerous airbags should an accident happen. Also, cars can go up to speeds well over 100 km/hr.
A bike: the rider is protected by a helmet, should they chose to wear that abominably to fashion, and not sure about what kind of speeds can be achieve by cyclists, but over 100km/hr is highly unlikely.
What you're saying is that cyclists should become liable for the accidents regardless of the fact that, if this were a game of rock vs scissors except for the purposes of this explanation car vs bike, car would trump bike every single time.
Cars and bikes will never be the same things and if the war between the two continue then perhaps we should think about getting rid of cars completely in the downtown core. They are the bullies to the cyclists, pedestrians, and the environment after all.
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Skeptical
RE: Rox

"Have you ever seen a cyclist come to a complete stop at a 4-way stop intersection?" Yes - I see it all the time.

Blaming everyone who rides a bike for the actions of a few reveals a weak thought process.

A large number of car drivers talk on handheld cellphone, roll stop signs, fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and drive drunk. This does not make all drivers guilty of those actions.

Any why the rant about cyclists' behavior when this is an incident where - apparently - a pedestrian stepped into traffic mid-block. Police have been quoted as saying they don't have any indications presently that the cyclist was at fault. Car drivers kill 30 - 40 pedestrians a year in Vancouver. Post any rants about that?

Enforcement of the law should be done. The police should focus resources on the actions most likely to harm others. That includes drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
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Danielle
A very sad incident. Everyone sees to be jumping on the cyclist here without even being a witness to the accident. Yes I think they need to be held accountable, however, did you all miss the fact in the article that the man was jaywalking? You assume a lot of risk when you do that. Perhaps the cyclist was riding along and this man stepped out after only checking for oncoming cars so close that the hit could not have been avoided.
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Ops Manager
Rox: Please accept the evidence of your own eyes and admit that bicycles ARE NOT motor vehicles and therefore the laws for motor vehicles are simply not suitable to govern cycling. "They'll bark expletives"? Really? So that's not a damning stereotype, the "nasty aggressive cyclist"? Sharing the road means compromise on all sides, not a blanket demand that bicycles do exactly what cars do--which is impossible anyway.
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Therzo38
Pedestrians need to be more careful when crossing roadways; be it at a crosswalk or jaywalking.

Look up and around. Roadways are for vehicles and bikes moving at potentially high speeds.
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Rox
Interesting snap feedback on my comments...my argument is based on accountability of all road users - cars and bikes. The retorts above seem to think cyclists deserve the freedom to use city roadways in a careless manner while shirking any responsibility to fellow travelers.

Does anyone really believe cyclists should be able to:
- cross from traffic lane to traffic lane without notice, indication or awareness of other traffic?
- run thru a red light and risk their safety and the safety of others?
- have greater road rights that anyone else out there?
- carry zero responsibility in the event of an accident simply because they're on two wheels?

PS. I agree that pedestrians need to be just as accountable and - while tragic - this incident should be a wake-up call to those who play "fast and loose" when crossing the street.

And one more thing: use the road provided and stop pedaling down the damn sidewalks!
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N'est ce pas?
Skeptical just pulled a stat out of his ass:
"Car drivers kill 30 - 40 pedestrians a year in Vancouver."
- In reality there were a total of 10 pedestrians killed last year.
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SeaLove
We don't even know WHAT HAPPENED to cause the accident and already we're getting our hate on for cyclists.
they are choosing a far healthier lifestyle for themselves and our planet, if you don't want them on "your" road, then start up a motion to have a barrier style separation - like on Burrard bridge.

@Rox
In at least one american state (iowa?) it is ILLEGAL for a cyclist to come to a full stop at a stop sign.
It is more dangerous in that moment of lost momentum.

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ronald
everyone just needs to keep their head up and be safe out there... but i have to vehemently agree.... cyclists on AVERAGE are breaking more laws out there on our roads... as far as I can see. if you crunch the numbers it might not be entirely true... but i sure notice the cyclists' blatant disregard for the safety of others on our streets/sidewalks more than motor vehicles.

p.s. hornby street bike lane = epic fail... can't wait to see the domino effect of wrecked bikers once they open those up. ha ha ha
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Taxpayers R Us
Anyone else notice the psycho cyclist around thurlow and cordova at 3:40pm this afternoon? Jerk nearly caused a three-car pileup, nearly ran down two pedestrians in the crosswalk (one old, both legally crossing) and nearly made me swerve into another car to avoid him.

This has really got to come under control!
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@Danielle

Where does it say he was jaywalking? And even if he was - what gives the cyclist the right to mow him down?
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A Trimble
While I don't think ill of bicyclists, as I ride for pleasure too, I've witnessed couple of extremely arrogant and angry riders downtown. In one incident, a car driver was inching out of a driveway carefully as practically possible but the 10-speed rider almost whipped into her. The cyclist stopped and was just screaming at this poor lady a foot away from the driver's side window. He continued on looking back continually shouting something. This behaviour was completely unwarranted and he should've been smacked on the side of his head.
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@Taxpayers R Us

How do you even know whether the cyclist had time to stop in time? Even going at 20 km/h, if someone were to dart out in front of you from out front and obscured for whatever reason, you're going to hit them regardless. Would you tell the biker to slow down to 10-15 km/h? At that speed, you might as well walk.
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Danielle
@ taxpayer The article states that the pedestrian was crossing mid- block. That's called jay walking. I never said the cyclist had the right to mow him down, just that perhaps he didn't have time to brake if the pedestrian stepped out right in front of him.
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