A cyclist crossing the Trans-Canada Highway at the Galloping Goose Trail was taken to hospital after they were struck by a driver who failed to yield Tuesday morning, police say.
Saanich Police say around 7:20 a.m., the driver of the vehicle was stopped at a red light on Tillicum Road and turned right onto the highway but failed to yield to the cyclist, who was crossing along the Galloping Goose Trail, striking them.
The cyclist was taken to Victoria General Hospital for precautionary examination but was considered to have non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.
The driver was issued a violation ticket for failing to yield after stopping. The fine for failing to yield after stopping at a red light in British Columbia is $167, according to ICBC.
Saanich Police spokesperson Det.-Sgt. Damian Kowalewich said with decreased daylight and hazardous conditions in the fall and winter months, drivers should be extra vigilant to avoid cyclists and pedestrians on roadways and at intersections.
“As we know, visibility decreases significantly with the decrease in weather and less sunlight, we’re urging all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to always take extra care on the roads in Saanich during these winter months,” said Kowalewich.
Investigators say they’re continuing to gather evidence from witnesses at the scene.