WATCH: Cyclist now in stable condition after downtown accident

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Another cyclist has been struck on the streets of Montreal.

Police say a 33-year-old woman was hit at the corner of De Maisonneuve and St. Urbain by a truck.

The truck was travelling southbound on St. Urbain when it tried to make a right turn and collided with the cyclist.

She's in hospital in stable condition.

Police say the woman was on the St. Urbain bike path at the time.

Passerby Michael Colella arrived after the accident happened. 

"She was down on her back. She had a helmet on, and she was lying back with her head kind of on the curb and they were kind of supporting her, supporting her weight a little bit and checking vital signs," Collela told reporters.

The intersection was closed off for a few hours as police and accident reconstruction specialists investigated the scene. They looked over the woman's bicycle before taking it away; it was mangled, one of the wheels twisted out of shape. 

The truck involved in the accident was parked on de Maisonneuve. It was a large crane truck, similar to the one that struck and killed a female cyclist at an underpass in the Rosemont-La Petite Patrie borough almost two weeks ago.

Cyclist François Allard said he rides through the area near Place des Arts and UQUAM often.

"As you can see there's a bike lane on St. Urbain and another right here on de Maisonneuve, so maybe the signs and lights are not good enough to avoid this disaster," Allard said.

Allard said he has been cycling in the city for the past three years and is worried in the wake of this latest accident.

"I think some car users thnk that the road only belongs to them but as a cyclist, we have the same right to use that road as them, so maybe the solution is more bike lanes everywhere or more awareness programs," Allard said.

The truck driver was treated for shock.

 

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  1. Fran posted on 05/09/2014 11:48 AM
    She should have been on the bike path, just like the last one in Rosemount should have walked her bike along the sidewalk, these bikers think they are invincible and that they are 100% visible. Most of them break the law constantly and only half wear helmets, tragic, but really, nothing else to debate.
  2. Malcolm posted on 05/09/2014 11:57 AM
    I bike down St. Urbain and turn right at this intersection onto the Maisonneuve bike lane almost everyday. This is a really dangerous intersection where bike lane is not clear and practically merges with the car lane where cars can either turn right onto President Kennedy or Maisonneuve. I have seen more than my share fair of close calls there and witnessed this incident this morning.

    There needs to be a priority light for cyclists at this intersection. If this does not highlight the problem I do not know what will.
  3. Bryan posted on 05/09/2014 04:25 PM
    "... so maybe the solution is more bike lanes everywhere or more awareness programs," Allard said."

    Possibly, but then the cyclists would have to actually use the existing bike lanes and not the sidewalks, streets parallel to the ones with bike lanes, etc... And awareness programs work both ways; cyclists seem to ignore bike lanes that are nearby and that parallel their route on busy streets.

    While on the bus I see cyclists travelling in the bus lanes (slowing bus and taxi traffic behind them) following or ahead of the bus for miles, yet on the next street over is a bike lane that parallels the busy street they are on. Cyclists have to want to use the existing lanes. Although this sad accident occurred in a bike lane, perhaps mandating cyclists OFF busy streets during peak traffic hours will save the ones that are accepting of higher risk.

    Also, stop signs and red traffic lights are for cyclists as well...
  4. Murray posted on 05/09/2014 09:35 PM
    When I cycle I wear a neon shirt and the only place where I cycle on streets is in Dorval along the river to/from Ste Anne de Bellevue. Why all cyclists do not do the same when on streets defies logic.


    When I drive and am going to make a right turn I pull far to the right so that cyclists can't pass. I see many cyclists passing on the right at intersections where vehicles are obviously turning right.

    Quite often, cyclists on the Lakeshore like to cycle double file. When I am driving my car and see this I try and come as close to the cyclist as possible, without touching them. For some reason they do not like my attempt at intimacy.

    What does it mean when a cyclist lifts up their hand and then stretches out their middle finger? Is that some sort of a turn signal? I see it often. Sometimes I think that it is directed at me.
  5. Kai posted on 05/10/2014 12:40 AM
    Fran, she WAS on the bike path coming down St. Urbain. Don't let your prejudice against cyclists let you jump to hasty and entirely incorrect conclusions. And show a little compassion.

    Mathilde Blais (yes, the Rosemont cyclist who was killed has a name) was on the road because until after her death, when the regulations were hurriedly changed, it was illegal for cyclists to ride in those sidewalks and posts barriers made it difficult and time-consuming to use them even walking one's bike.
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