Montreal’s Ghost Bike Group calls on city to do more after another fatal crash

Cycling advocacy group Ghost bike, Montreal’s ghost bike organization, is rocked by a recent collision that left a 66-year-old cyclist dead. Group spokesperson Séverine Le Page told MTL Blog that “more must be done” to protect cyclists in Montreal.

“The administration and the mayor must work faster to provide better infrastructure for cyclists,” said Le Page.

The fatal collision occurred on Tuesday at the corner of rue de Liège and boulevard Saint-Laurent. A 66-year-old cyclist was struck by a truck turning right onto de Liège and got stuck under the vehicle until firefighters managed to free him.

The man later died in hospital.

For the defenders of Ghost Bike, the man’s death was an avoidable tragedy.

“The city was not built for all of these cars, bikes and pedestrians,” Le Page explained, “but we still see more big cars and trucks on the road than ever before.”

Citing programs like the REV Saint-Denis, Le Page wants the city to move to make cycling even more accessible on major arteries such as Boulevard Saint-Laurent.

Le Page also said the city should take inspiration from programs such as London. Direct vision standard and regulate the passage of large trucks in the city.

If the victim’s family reached out to them, Le Page said Ghost Bike would set up a ghost bike at the intersection to honor his memory.

More recently, the organization has installed a ghost bike at the corner of Parc and Mont-Royal avenues to honor the memory of Andrea Rovere, a 31-year-old postdoctoral student who died in a fatal hit-and-run with a truck in September.

Maria R. Newman