Signs adequate when Victoria cyclist hit trench: WorkSafe B.C.

A WorkSafe B.C. report says the contractor did everything that could be reasonably expected to deal with traffic flow on the day a cyclist was injured when she rode into a construction trench near the Johnson Street Bridge.

Kathy Brereton, a senior financial officer for the provincial government, was cycling to work from her home on the Selkirk Waterway the morning of March 31 when she failed to see a two-metre-deep trench on the east side of the bridge near Wharf Street.

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After more than a month in hospital, Brereton, 64, is slowly recovering from her brain injury, her husband said.

A workplace inspection report, obtained through a freedom-of-information request, concluded traffic-control measures and construction signage were adequate and acceptable.

The report also noted that evidence collected at the site, including information from witnesses, indicates the woman “was weaving in and out of traffic and did not conform to the road signs and vehicle traffic” prior to hitting the trench.

One witness reported that the cyclist ignored verbal warnings from a traffic-control person on site, as well.

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