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Police pushing bicycle safety after two cyclists hit on same day

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Kingston Police are promoting bicycle safety following three collisions involving cyclists in downtown Kingston yesterday.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, police responded after a cyclist was struck by two separate vehicles near the intersection of Alfred and Princess Streets. The cyclist sustained minimal injuries and did not attend hospital for treatment, according to Kingston Police.

Less than an hour later, police responded to another call involving a cyclist being struck by a vehicle at approximately 8:12 p.m. on Victoria Street. Kingston Fire and Rescue, Kingston Police, and Frontenac Paramedic Services all attended the call, and the cyclist was taken to Kingston General Hospital with minor injuries.

“It is important for Kingston motorists to remain vigilant now that children and students are back in school and our roadways are seeing an increase in cycling activity. It is also imperative for cyclists to ensure that they are using proper safety equipment such as helmets to help prevent injury in the event of a collision,” Kingston Police said in a press release on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.

“Cyclists wearing reflective gear can also prove to be a useful visual tool for motorists during the evening and nighttime hours. The use of a white or amber light mounted to the front of a bicycle is mandatory as is a red light or reflector mounted to the rear.”

The summer isn’t over yet, and the fall brings with it lots of prime cycling time, so please exercise caution on the roads, whether diving, cycling, or walking.

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