A Calgary cyclist said he was riding his bike in the city’s southwest when a car pulled up in front of him and slammed on the brakes.
Nigel Brockton has a camera mounted on the back of his bicycle, which captured him flying off of his bike and tumbling into the road—though not what caused the crash.
“You can see, as my bike is spinning upside down in the air, you can see how close he is to the parked cars as he pulls right in front of me.”
He said it happened just after 5:40 p.m. on June 8 at 26 Avenue and 21 Street S.W.
“I’ve broken my collarbone in five or six pieces; I had plates put in on Monday,” Brockton said.
“I’ve broken my arm by the elbow, smashed my helmet, road rash…”
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Brockton felt he could have been killed in the incident.
“If I had reacted a fraction of a second later, my kids probably wouldn’t have a dad.”
He says the driver of the vehicle left the scene and he’s filed a report to police.
“I think an increasing number of people are riding with cameras on their bikes,” Brockton said. “Drivers need to know they will be accountable for their actions and police need to take it seriously, because [these incidents] are life-threatening.”
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Calgary police said they are investigating the situation as a careless driving incident.
A spokesperson said motor vehicle collisions involving cyclists increased sharply in 2015 (up 30 per cent) as compared to 2014. CPS said that marks the highest number of collisions of any year over the past 10 years, “which may be explained, in part, by an overall increase in bicyclist ridership.”
CPS said bicyclist collisions decreased slightly in 2016, down by three per cent. There have been no fatal bicycle collisions in Calgary since 2012, according to police.
Total collisions involving bicyclists per CPS:
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