A cyclist involved in a collision with a car on Friday was not seriously injured, firefighters say.

Senior station officer Bryce Coneybeer said the man, believed to be a German tourist, was on a recumbent bike on Riverbank Rd heading towards Whanganui when a car came around the corner and "ran right up the back of him".

Firefighters were called to the scene at 7.52pm.

Mr Coneybeer said the man's bike was written off, but the cyclist did not appear to be seriously injured aside from "a lot of gravel rash".

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He was taken to hospital.

A recumbent bike is one in which the cyclist sits back and pedals with their feet in front of them.

A duty nurse manager at Whanganui Hospital said the man would have been seen and immediately discharged, as they did not admit anyone that night.