‘Ghost Bike’ honoring deceased Montreal cyclist for display in museum

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After a ceremony in Montreal on May 2, 2021, Mathilde Blass’s mother, Genevieve Labrade, stands next to a white bicycle and a plaque commemorating the plaque. One of the white commemorative “ghost” bikes will be displayed around Montreal to honor the dead cyclists. In a Quebec City Museum.

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The dangerous area of ​​the Montreal underpass, where Mathilde Blass now died while cycling to work, has a bike path with a concrete mean to separate riders from the passing traffic.

And on Sunday, the white commemorative “ghost” bike installed in honor of the death of a 33-year-old woman was taken down to be sent to a museum, where it exposed both the dangers of cycling and the progress made to make cities safer. Will do.

In many Canadian cities, groups have installed white-colored bicycles at intersections where cyclists are killed, both as a memorial and a call to action for better infrastructure.

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A ceremony was held to remove the bicycle honoring 33-year-old Bliss, who died in an underpass seven years ago.

A coroner’s report found his death was avoidable, and urged governments at all three levels to work to improve road safety for cyclists.

Blasse’s mother was in the form of a white bicycle, decorated with flowers, taken down and handed over to the president of the Museum of the Museum of Quebec City.

Advocates said the ceremony was held to illuminate the faces of on-going cyclists at risk, but also to identify the progress that has been made.

He said Blaze’s death prompted efforts to build a protected bicycle path that now extends beyond the site of his death.

“Had it happened seven years earlier, Mathilde would not have died,” said Severin Le Page of Velo Phantom, who the group organizes a ghost bicycle in the city.

Le Page said the construction of the bicycle path, called the Respo Express Velo or REV, meant that Blaise’s memorial bicycle could eventually be taken down and replaced with plaque with the permission of his family .

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But she says other ghost bikes will remain in place in Montreal because the infrastructure is not yet in place to protect cyclists.

The Automobile Association of Quebec says that 8 to 11 cyclists die on the province’s roads each year.

Genevis LeBorde, Blass’s mother, described her daughter as someone who always wanted to help others, whether through her work as a speech pathologist, or by helping the homeless.

“I’m glad to know that you can ride safely, because seven years ago it was a very dangerous place,” she said of the city’s cyclists.

Museum President Stephen La Roche said the bicycle would be displayed as a “tangible witness to our social development”.

He said that it is a symbol of grief, but also to raise awareness about the need for safe urban infrastructure for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians with cars.

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