Kevin Milner was rounding a nook alongside a paved path in North Vancouver when he was confronted with a split-second determination. There was a bear on the path forward and he may both attempt to bike previous the black bear, or brake and cease proper subsequent to the bear. Miller determined to take an opportunity and opted to attempt to swerve previous the bear—to no avail. 

Earlier than Milner knew it, the bear determined to run immediately into his path, they usually collided. “It was like hitting a brick wall,” Milner informed the Vancouver Solar. “The power of it despatched me flying by the air…I’ve spent a lot time within the bush seeing bears whereas climbing, I simply by no means thought I’d run into one.”

Milner crashed into the bear’s shoulder and flew by the air. A passerby named Sam stayed with Milner on the path, whereas two different riders went to get cell service to name an ambulance. Whereas Milner and Sam waited, the bear got here again and reportedly began to point out a whole lot of curiosity. Sam started yelling on the bear. Shortly after that, Milner borrowed Sam’s E-Bike and street the sting of the reserve to satisfy the ambulance. 

On the hospital, Milner was handled for a fractured scapula, cardiac contusion, bruised ribs, and street rash. Milner informed the North Shore Information, that the left facet of his torso felt prefer it “went to the dentist.” He’s now recovering at house. 

As for the bear, it’s reportedly okay. Milner informed CTV Information that the entire ordeal appeared like a “minor inconvenience” for the animal. It resumed consuming grass on the facet of the paved path following the collision.

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In North Vancouver, the place the incident occurred, collisions with wildlife within the space will not be unparalleled. “Collisions like this could happen on mountain bike trails within the forests, particularly when riders are quick and quiet,” the North Shore Black Bear Society defined in a Fb publish. “Nonetheless, if riders made extra noise, notably round corners, the probability of a shock encounter could be lowered.”

In line with the Journey Biking Affiliation, a bicyclist is extra prone to be killed by a automobile backing up in a car parking zone than a black bear. Nonetheless, Milner is a bit shaken by the expertise. “The rationale I rode within the demonstration forest is simply to get away from the site visitors, proper?” he informed North Shore Information. “However after hitting the bear, I imply, it’s in all probability simply safer driving with vehicles.” 

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