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Pregnant woman's collision leads to call for Vancouver bike licenses

A plea by a pregnant Vancouver woman to help catch the man who allegedly tried to attack her with a bicycle is sparking calls for bike licensing in Vancouver.

A bizarre attack on a pregnant woman sparked NPA call for bike licenses

Mandy Pappas alleges that she was assaulted by a cyclist who ran a stop sign. (Mandy Pappas/Facebook)

A collision between a pregnant woman and a cyclist is still sparking outrage and calls for change.

Mandy Pappas claims she was hit by the cyclist who ignored a stop sign. She says he then tried to attack her with the bike before fleeing.

A witness snapped the man's picture, as there was no other way to identify him.

The 35-year-old mom then turned to social media to try to get justice.

License bikes

Non-Partisan Association (NPA) City Councillor Melissa De Genova is calling for the city of Vancouver to license bikes to ensure bicycles have a visible form of identification.

Licenses would help identify dangerous cyclists and curb the rampant theft of more than 2,000 bikes each year in Vancouver, De Genova said.

Unidentified cyclist that Mandy Pappas posted on her Facebook page, claiming he hit her while riding his bike, and then fled. Pappas appealed for help finding him. (Mandy Pappas/Facebook)

"It's time for the city to show some leadership on the bicycle licensing issue given the increasing popularity of cycling as a mode of transportation."

De Genova said she will introduce a motion Tuesday Oct. 20 to city council.

Plea for help

Pappas posted a plea for help on Facebook earlier in October.

"I am 5 months pregnant and I was just assaulted by this cyclist as I was on my way to vote. He ran a stop sign full speed and I yelled to him that there was a stop sign - as he almost ran me over. He stopped, turned his bike around and came directly for me, hit and knocked me over. I tried to hold on to his backpack to keep him at the scene after I got up but I wasn't able to. Thankfully a witness took this photo for me."

The Vancouver Police Department told CBC that they are still investigating the incident.

The VPD has spoken to the cyclist, who came forward on his own volition.


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