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Cyclists, drivers must follow rules of the road to prevent collisions, police advise

Charlottetown police are warning cyclists and drivers to be aware of one another, share the roads and follow the rules, saying they sometimes see an increase in collisions involving cyclists and motor vehicles in spring.

'What we're asking cyclists and motorists is for a mutual respect between both parties'

Cyclists and drivers must both follow the rules of the road to prevent accidents like one last week, say Charlottetown police. (CBC)

Charlottetown police are warning cyclists and drivers to be aware of one another, share the roads and follow the rules, saying they sometimes see an increase in collisions involving cyclists and motor vehicles in spring.

The latest incident was last Thursday on Queen Street in Charlottetown, when a 38-year-old cyclist was sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"It's a seasonal issue where this time of year people are out on their bikes," said Deputy Police Chief Gary McGuigan.

"What we're asking cyclists and motorists is for a mutual respect between both parties. There's one set of rules governing the roads and both motorists and cyclists have to obey those rules."

Both drivers and cyclists need to be pay attention to the rules of the road.

"When you are driving a bike, you should act as if you are driving a car, and obey all the rules of the road."

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With files from Angela Walker

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