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Who Is in the Wrong? Cyclist, Pedestrian Accident Sparks Debate

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By    |   Tuesday, 27 Feb 2018 06:09 PM

Video footage of an accident in Victoria, Australia, has sparked a debate about who is in the wrong: the cyclist or the pedestrian?

An elderly man was crossing a crowded street of stopped cars in Flemington when he was plowed into by a cyclist riding between the lines of cars who did not see him trying to make his way across, according to the footage shared online, Yahoo News Australia reported.

Neither the pedestrian nor the cyclist was breaking the law, Yahoo News reported. While the pedestrian could have crossed at a crosswalk, it is not illegal to cross in the middle of the street. And it is permissible as well for cyclists to weave through traffic when it is stopped.

The pedestrian appeared to have been hit hard and fell to the ground, but only had minor injuries, Yahoo News reported. The condition of the cyclist, who was knocked off his bike, was not known, however.

The dashcam footage of the accident went viral after Alan Donelly shared it online and some argued about who was at fault—the pedestrian for crossing between cars or the cyclist for riding fast between the stopped cars.

Donelly said he thought cyclists should be registered because it would cover insurance in case they or a pedestrian was injured in a collision, but cycling officials disagreed because they felt registration would discourage cyclists and would end up making pedestrians responsible for accidents, Now to Love reported.

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