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Police: Everybody at fault, no charges after car struck cyclists
Police investigating a weekend incident in North Saanich where about 15 bicyclists were knocked over by a passing car hit by another vehicle say all parties were in the wrong and no charges will be laid.
The cyclists violated the Motor Vehicle Act by riding side by side instead of single file, say Sidney-North Saanich RCMP. A silver Toyota heading west on Lands End Road tried to pass the cyclists in the oncoming lane and failed to safely complete the pass. A black Ford Focus that turned right off Greenpark Drive — which turns into Ravenscroft Place — hit the Toyota, and sent it crashing into the cyclists. The Focus driver failed to yield after a stop.
Olympic medallist Simon Whitfield and several other Olympic hopefuls were among the riders. Whitfield was unharmed but two riders had to be taken to hospital and four others suffered minor injuries.
The story sparked an online debate between drivers and cyclists, both sides accusing the other of hogging the roadway.
Drivers said cyclists snarl traffic by taking up a lane of road and don’t move over to let cars pass.
Cyclists said cars underestimate how fast they are going and put them in danger by honking at them or speeding by when it is unsafe.
Whitfield said he sees both sides and the incident serves as a reminder that cyclists should obey the rules of the road and drivers should “take a deep breath and realize that by waiting another 10 seconds, there will be a safer place to pass.