Rider obscured by bright sunshine

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 10:35 29/01/2013
English national's bike
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A cyclist sufferd minor injuries this morning on Te Aroha St in Claudelands.

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A 50-year-old English national was knocked off her bike this morning as she cycled to a city gym.

She was travelling west along Te Aroha St in Claudelands at about 9am when the driver of a courier van traversing the street smashed into her.

The rider was obscured by the bright morning sunshine to the driver's left as he entered Whyte St. The woman, who was on a working holiday, was taken to Waikato Hospital to ensure she only suffered from superficial scrapes and bruising to her ribs.

Constable Jason Pope, of the strategic traffic unit, said the woman was lucky not to receive more serious injuries.

He said she did everything right and was wearing a secure helmet but a reflective vest may have helped.

''The bang is the first he's known about her,'' he said at the scene.

''She's come off and he's stopped.''

Mr Pope said the driver looked left, then right and went, yet Mr Pope said drivers should look left, right, then left again, and be mindful of the sun obscuring objects.

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