Vancouver pedestrian killed in collision with cyclist in Stanley Park

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      The Vancouver Police Department has announced that 71-year-old pedestrian has not survived after being struck by a cyclist.

      The 57-year-old rider remained at the scene of the accident on October 3 near the totem poles in Stanley Park.

      The pedestrian was crossing the roadway when the collision occurred.

      Police say he fell to the ground and it's believed he suffered a head injury.

      None of the names have been disclosed.

      It came a few days less than a month after a woman was declared brain dead after being hit by a cyclist in New York's Central Park.

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      Dave

      Oct 6, 2014 at 7:02am

      That's it. I've had enough. Ban parks.

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      Aunt Brian May

      Oct 6, 2014 at 11:59am

      If you ever go to Stanley Park you'll notice basically three types of cyclists: Tourists/Leisure riders, reckless (young males), and pro type athletes. Tourists/casual riders tend to be slow, reckless types act like they own the bike path and often stray into the pedestrian path. However, it is the pro type riders who stay on the road but travel very fast who are the most dangerous. You see them whizzing past pedestrian cross walks like where the gentleman was killed. They're also a hazard to drivers as they can't maintain a consistent speed and slow down and speed up all over the road.

      The police need to enforce the speed limit once in a while to get the fast riders to slow down and respect pedestrians, many of whom are elderly and children at Stanley Park.

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      OMG

      Oct 6, 2014 at 12:56pm

      First the one in NYC and now in Vancouver. This is becoming an epidemic and something must be done about it! I bet Gregor and/or Christy are behind it.

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      RUK

      Oct 6, 2014 at 2:09pm

      I haven't read any details about how this happened but regardless, it is a reminder to all my fellow (and sister cyclists):

      a) Whenever you're not sure what's around the corner, or when approaching pedestrians or slower cycles, use bells and lights to give people warning;

      b) Assume they weren't paying attention and slow down anyway.

      I personally despise fast cyclists. They crowd me out of lanes, almost always without any bell or "on your left" courtesy, and I am far from the slowest cyclist - I assume that they are constantly pissing off pedestrians and cars as well.

      If you're in the velodrome, knock yourself out, but the public bike lane priority is safety. These people seem to have no notion or interest in showing a good image for cycling, when it is entirely to **our** benefit to make things easier for cars and pedestrians.

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      OMG

      Oct 6, 2014 at 3:29pm

      From what I've read, there's no reason to believe that the cyclist was speeding. It happened while the man was crossing the road - one used by cars, motorcycles and bicycles and is probably no different than any other pedestrian collision. Most pedestrian's are hit crossing outside of a crosswalk or are not paying attention.

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      Rob

      Oct 6, 2014 at 11:59pm

      I don't even like walking the seawall anymore. Several times a cyclist has sped inches past me from behind out of their lane. If I had moved moved just slightly before they passed ... Saw a sign a few weeks ago in the Westend asking for witnesses to a cyclist knocking a pedestrian off the seawall past Second Beach. Some cyclists (Some) consider it an affront to be slowed down for a second be it by car, man, woman, stroller, dogs etc What is your hurry in this crowded tourist area??

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      Jeff

      Oct 7, 2014 at 9:58am

      I think many cyclists need to be reminded that the rules of the road, including right of way, apply to them as well. I constantly see cyclists running stop signs or ignoring pedestrians safety.

      I hope the police treat this the same as they would if it were a car that hit this pedestrian, and charge the cyclist if it turns out he was at fault. Maybe then people will ride with more care.

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