A man riding a bicycle on a logging road collided with a black bear that suddenly blocked his path, and despite the crash, he lived to tell about it.
Kevin Milner, 30, of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was bicycling through the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Suddenly, he rounded a bend and came upon the huge animal blocking his path.
Rather than turn around, Milner decided that he would try to carefully navigate around the beast, but the bear suddenly decided to cross the road and directly cross the path of Milner’s oncoming bike.
The collision with the mountain biker caused Milner’s bike to roll over onto the animal and he came back to earth with a thump.
Kevin Milner, 30, of North Vancouver, British Columbia, collided with a black bear while bicycling on a logging road.
Milner received various injuries, including a fractured scapula, cardiac contusion, and bruised ribs; the bear, on the other hand, was perfectly fine
The black bear, pictured above, suddenly cut into his path just as Milner had rounded a curve and tried to avoid the animal. But the bear got in their way and they collided.
The bear, meanwhile, quickly ran off into the woods.
“The moment I made that decision, he decided to run and he ran across the street, right in front of me and I slammed into him right behind his shoulder blade,” Milner said. North Shore News.
‘I did a somersault on him. I practically kissed the bear and then I guess I flew through the air.
Milner was left with a series of injuries, including a fractured scapula, cardiac contusion and bruised ribs.
Fortunately, Milner was helped by several fellow cyclists who witnessed the accident.
Milner grew up in the local area and regularly traveled through the woods to avoid traffic, usually cars, not bears.
Despite his injuries, he managed to use an electric bike to get out of the woods and reach the emergency services before being taken to hospital overnight.
Two cyclists ran to an area with better cell phone reception to call 911, while another riding an electric bike stayed behind with Milner.
At one point, the bear suddenly reappeared, but this time it moved away from the group.
“He was like, ‘Oh shit, dude. It’s back. The bear is back,'” referring to a man who stayed with him to keep him company.
“He was looking at me, really curious, kind of like, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ So the bear started eating grass. It pretty much went on with its day,” he said.
“Man, those bears are built like a truck,” Milner said. ‘I thought I was going to die.’
It took a while for emergency services to reach the remote location, and Milner became concerned about his own condition, fearing that he might have internal bleeding.
“It feels like the whole left side of my torso is going to the dentist,” Milner said.
Black bears are rarely aggressive with actual rare black bear attacks
He convinced a fellow cyclist to lend him his electric bike so he could get to the entrance to the forest.
British Columbia Ambulance Service paramedics met Milner at the edge of the woods and transported him to Lions Gate Hospital.
Milner, who grew up in the area, seemed relieved to have survived the ordeal, describing it as a quintessentially Canadian and North Vancouver experience.
He says he’s now thinking about changing his bike trip from riding the scenic Seymour Valley Trail to a road where there are cars, where at least there would be no black bears to block his path.
‘The reason I rode in the demo forest is just to get away from the traffic, right? But after you hit the bear, I mean, it’s probably safer to travel with cars.
I am very, very glad to be alive. It’s like the most Canadian North Vancouver thing that could happen,” Milner said.