The cycle accident in Victoria sparks renewed calls for safety bars on trucks

In yet another frightening collision between a cyclist and a truck in Victoria, advocates are once again calling for side rails for large trucks.

In video taken Tuesday morning, a cyclist can be seen riding through an intersection near the Johnson Street Bridge before being hit by a truck turning right at a red light.

This incident comes less than a week after 28-year-old Agustín Beltrán was killed in a collision with a dump truck at the intersection of Hornby Street and Pacific Boulevard in Vancouver.

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In both cases, bicycle advocates argue that both cyclists had the right-of-way and side rails on large trucks prevented the incidents, and the “simple” safety measure would help prevent similar tragedies in the future.

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“It really shows the highlight of where the limits are, you can build a fantastically safe road and reduce accidents, just like Vancouver did, it’s a very, very similar type of intersection,” said Corey Burger, spokesman for Capital Bike .

“It shows that Transport Canada needs to step up and make truck side protection mandatory so mistakes like this don’t cause someone to be tragically killed like in Vancouver,” he added.

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The Victoria Police Department told Global News it could not comment on who has the right of way in the situation as the file is still under investigation.

However, a sign can be seen at the junction prohibiting right turns at red lights – except for bicycles.

“I think the responsibility lies with the operators of the vehicles,” said Jeff Leigh of Hub Cycling.

“That’s simply because when we look through the video we see the lights and signals and we see that both cyclists were riding on marked, protected crosswalks with lights, they were riding where they were supposed to be.”

However, he noted that it is up to them to be aware that truck drivers may not be able to see them.

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According to the BC Trucker’s Association, the elevated vehicle with the driver on the left makes it difficult to notice cyclists or pedestrians making right turns.

“Commercial vehicles have very, very large blind spots, drivers are trained with good practice to ensure they eliminate their blind spots, it’s difficult,” spokesman Dave Earle said.

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The driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators. The cyclist was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Global News has contacted Transport Canada and the BC Department of Transportation regarding the issue, but has received no response.

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