The Zero Emissions Race, which kicked off almost three months ago in Switzerland, was brought to a sudden halt Friday when one of the vehicles, the solar-powered electrically-driven Zerotracer, collided with a cyclist during the Canadian leg of the event. The race was wheeling through Vancouver when a cyclist reportedly rode off the sidewalk and in front of the electric motorbike. The 50-year-old bicycle rider was transported to a nearby hospital for injuries resulting from the collision. Don Chandler, spokesman for the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association, is quoted by the Globe and Mail, stating, "It's a hard mix when the bicyclists jump out in front of you, It's like a dog running off the curb right in front of you. You can't stop."

The Zerotacer sustained damage in the collision and, according to the company's website, may be out of the race. Zerotracer issued this statement Saturday:
The Zerotracer has been involved in an accident in Vancouver with another cyclist that had to be sent to the hospital to treat his injuries. The other team members of the Zero Emission Race have continued their journey without the Zerotracer. If and when the Zerotracer will continue its journey is not determined at this point of time. The team wants to express its regrets for this incident and wishes the cyclist a fast recovery.
Designed by a group of engineers from Winterthur, Switzerland, the Zerotracer is an electric motorcycle that encloses two occupants in a strong Kevlar shell. The Zerotracer tops out at 155 miles per hour, though its speed at the time of the collision is unknown. We, too, wish the cyclist a speedy recovery and hope that the Zerotracer's damage can be repaired and that it returns to racing soon. Hat tip to Alex!

[Source: The Globe and Mail]

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