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Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs hit while cycling

The Vancouver Sun: Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs hit while cycling

BY TRACY SHERLOCK, VANCOUVER SUNMARCH 10, 2010 8:02 PM

Vancouver Coun. Geoff Meggs was injured after being hit by a car while riding his bike in a bike lane on Angus Drive near 51st Avenue on Tuesday morning.

The avid cyclist is expected to make a full recovery, but will require surgery later this week.

"I saw him yesterday, and he was in good spirits, talking and joking," Coun. Kerry Jang said in an interview. "The prognosis is excellent, according to his wife, who spoke to the surgeons."

Jang said the surgery will repair separated vertebrae in the councillor's neck.

Meggs, who is in Vancouver General Hospital, was in training for the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a two-day fundraising ride from Vancouver to Seattle.

"I'm not looking to break any speed records here. I love cycling and have done some long rides, but nothing like this. So the training begins next week," Meggs wrote on his fundraising site.

Meggs was elected to Vancouver City Council in November 2008 as a member of the Vision Vancouver team.

"We're hoping he gets better soon. He sits beside me in council so I need someone to bounce ideas off of," Jang said.

It is unknown how long Meggs will be away from council, and whether he will be able to participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

Earlier this month, Meggs called for the permanent closure of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts to promote walking, cycling and taking transit downtown, citing the Games as proof they're not needed.