Cyclist hit by vehicle in Canyon Country

A cyclist was struck by a vehicle on Friday afternoon. Caleb Lunetta/The Signal
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A cyclist was struck by a vehicle in Canyon Country on Friday afternoon. No one was transported to the hospital for injuries, according to officials.

Paramedics were dispatched to the 27200 block of Whites Canyon Road, just north of Soledad Canyon Road, for reports of a cyclist struck by a vehicle, said Supervising Fire Dispatcher Ed Pickett.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m., a cyclist riding along Whites Canyon Road struck the right, passenger side of a vehicle exiting the parking lot of the 7-Eleven, according to Lt. Leo Bauer of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The cyclist, a man in his 20s, complained of leg pain, but declined medical attention at the scene, Bauer said.

A recent rise in such incidents prompted SCV Sheriff’s Station officials to respond with several operations in recent weeks. The city also sought to remind residents about its ongoing “Heads Up” campaign to increase cyclist, driver and pedestrian awareness.

Last month, officials emphasized two pedestrian-safety campaigns — the Heads Up program, and an enforcement campaign that cited dozens of motorists, seven of those involving allegations a motorist failed to yield to a pedestrian.

Numbers recently released from the sheriff’s station showed an increase over a three-year period from 2013 to 2015, with two pedestrians killed in 2013, one in 2014, and four in 2015, which was followed by the city and Sheriff’s Department working together to form a traffic-safety plan in 2016. There were no deaths in 2017-18, according to city officials.

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