Bystanders attend to a cyclist who is knocked to the pavement of Oak Bay Avenue. Witnesses say the cyclist was knocked off their bike in a dooring incident on Oak Bay Avenue at Fell Street at around 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday. 
(Daniel Opden Dries Photo)

UPDATED: VicPD tickets driver for ‘dooring’ cyclist on Oak Bay Avenue

Incident occurred at Oak Bay Avenue and Fell Street

A cyclist on Oak Bay Avenue was thrown from their bike when they were ‘doored’ by a driver at around 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday.

The woman was taken to hospital and remains after she was struck by a driver opening their vehicle door Nov. 25, said Victoria police in a statement.

Local resident Matt Dell saw the cyclist lying on the ground.

He arrived by foot to see the her being attended to by bystanders. At least one other helped direct traffic before police and paramedics arrived.

“The woman was riding down the hill [towards Oak Bay], and the car was parked directly in front of Chamberlain Walk Hair Salon,” Dell said.

The cyclist appeared to have been knocked unconscious, Dell said.

VicPD ticketed the driver under B.C.’s new “dooring” legislation, facing a fine of $368.

Dooring occurs is when a driver or passenger opens a car door unsafely into the path of oncoming traffic, resulting in a collision or swerving.

READ ALSO: Drivers beware, B.C. quadruples fine for dooring cyclists

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