Vancouver’s manager of transportation and planning is recovering in hospital after an alleged hit-and-run while riding his bike downtown on Thursday.
Dale Bracewell took to Twitter to say he had been biking to work when he was knocked over by an “aggressive driver” who he said drove off without stopping.
“This was a hit & run. I’m still in shock that a driver would swerve their metal box so quickly from their lane (middle one on W Georgia) enough to knock me over when I’m taking up the curb lane,” Bracewell wrote in a tweet.
“So thankful to the car behind me didn’t run me over right after.”
Bracewell wrote that the driver slowed down enough to see that he had hit someone but drove off anyway.
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“A kind witness ran towards the car all the way to Thurlow. We had hoped they turned & stopped to give contact info but alas chose to ignore the fallen hurt person they had just hit (& observed). So sad,” he wrote.
Vancouver police confirmed it was investigating a hit and run downtown Thursday morning.
It confirmed that a 46-year-old man was cycling towards Thurlow on Georgia Street around 9 a.m. when he was struck by a vehicle and flipped over his handlebars. The driver was last seen heading south on Thurlow, police said.
Bracewell said he was receiving X-rays and had been diagnosed with a fractured elbow at St. Paul’s Hospital.
Global News has requested details from the Vancouver police. The City of Vancouver said Bracewell was “recovering and is not available for comment.”
Bracewell has been one of the city’s leading advocates of cycling infrastructure, including separated bike lanes and “triple-A” bike routes for “all ages and abilities.”
“I still am in shock that a driver did something like this,” he wrote.
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