Collision prompts questions about parking

A collision between a vehicle and a young cyclist is raising concerns about parking on residential streets in Fort St. John.

On Wednesday, the child was riding his bike on a sidewalk when a vehicle turned in front of him.

Police say charges won’t be laid because the driver’s view was obstructed due to the cars parked on the road.

Dianne Hunter says although parking is allowed on residential streets, people can only park their vehicles up to a maximum of 24 hours in the same spot.

Hunter says there are certain streets where parking is restricted to one side of the road, however, this is generally due to the width of the road, and added that she doesn’t believe residents would like not being able to park on the street.

To avoid collisions, she says drivers should be cautious on residential streets, drive slowly, and watch for children on the roads. She also encourages parents to speak with their children about bike safety.

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Hunter says the city and the RCMP provide bike safety programs at schools through the bike rodeo which teaches children about rules of the road and safety.

Another possibility to help limit these types of accidents would be to have awareness campaigns for drivers, she says.

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