Cyclist hits car parked on Nanaimo Parkway

NANAIMO - Cyclist taken to hospital after hitting broken-down car.

A cyclist was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital after his bicycle collided with a parked car Thursday.

The incident happened shortly after 4:30 p.m. on the northbound side of the Nanaimo Parkway about half a kilometre north of the Northfield Road intersection.

The 2000 Volkswagen Jetta the 62-year-old rider hit had broken down and been parked on the side of the highway for about five minutes.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said the impact was so strong it jolted the car forward.

“The cyclist struck the parked vehicle, dented the rear of the vehicle, snapped the bike in half. The cyclist landed on his back on the vehicle and lost consciousness,” O’Brien said.

In spite of the severity of the impact, the rider suffered only a concussion and bruises.

The design of a typical road bike creates a head-down riding position that limits the forward view of the rider who must remember to look up at regular intervals, especially when riding at a fast pace.

“The cyclist said he was looking down,” O’Brien said.

One lane of the parkway was temporarily blocked by emergency vehicles dealing with the incident, which backed up traffic for several kilometres to the south Nanaimo Parkway and Jingle Pot Road intersection.