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Cyclist Hit By Car Captured On Dashcam Footage.

A YouTube user posted a video Saturday showing an Ottawa cyclist getting hit by a car. The video, recorded by the user's dash cam, has since gone viral and had received over 270,000 views at the time of publishing this article.

The video shows the cyclist running a red light and getting hit by a car. The collision threw the cyclist and his cycle in different directions. When the YouTube user, who was recording the incident, passed through the spot, the cyclist could be seen trying to get up after the collision. 

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"This afternoon an Ottawa cyclist ran a red light and was struck by a car. This was my first day with a dash cam. I recorded for less than two hours before witnessing this and the footage will be very helpful for the family in the vehicle," the user wrote in the description of the video. 

"There was actually a ghost car police officer directly on the corner. She witnessed everything and was immediately in position to help. The rider luckily walked away with a sore hip. The driver and his wife were fine," he said, adding: "Please pay attention while traveling no matter what method of transportation you use. Drive safe, ride safe."

The extent of the injuries, if any, received by the cyclist was unknown. It was unclear whether anyone was arrested or questioned in the incident.

Ottawa city's official website gives out details about safety measures for cyclists. The recommendation comes as a part of the Cycling Safety Awareness Program, giving details about, "'Dooring' (car door opening), sharrows, sidewalk cycling and the bike box."

"Stay out of the 'dooring' danger zone, about one metre from parked cars. That way, even if a motorist opens a door without warning, you're far enough away to avoid it. Follow sharrows where they have been provided, which assist with cyclists' positioning in a shared lane. Take extra space in the lane if you need to do so. Remember that you have the right to 'take the lane' if necessary," the "What Cyclists Should Know" section on the ( website reads.

"Don't weave in out between parked cars, since this will make it more difficult for motorists to anticipate your movements. Ride in a straight line a safe distance away from parked cars," it adds.

On July 7, a video of a similar incident was posted on YouTube showing a cyclist being hit by a vehicle on Natchez Trace Parkway in Williamson County, Tennessee. The video was shot by Greg Goodman, who shot from his helmet, after a black Volvo slammed into his riding partner, identified as Tyler Noe, on a cycling training run.

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The driver in the July 7 incident was identified as 58-year-old Marshall Grant Neely III, of Franklin.

"The Natchez Trace Parkway is a designated bicycle route, and bicycle traffic increases dramatically on the weekends and holidays," Acting Chief Ranger Calvin Farmer of the Park Rangers ( said at the time. "In Mississippi and Tennessee, bicyclists are allowed to use the full lane of traffic to ride in when necessary. Federal regulations require bicyclists to ride single file, and riders are encouraged to move to the right to allow for vehicles to pass. It is also highly recommended riders wear high-visibility clothing and flashing front and rear lights. Vehicle drivers must provide a safe distance when overtaking and passing a bicyclist." 
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Publication:International Business Times - US ed.
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Date:Jul 16, 2017
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