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Friday June 26th, 2015

Posted at 1:00pm

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In the past two weeks, two people have been killed while riding their bikes in Windsor and LaSalle.

On June 15th, a 58 year old male was killed by a hit and run driver on the corner of Tecumseh and Parent. On June 18th, 38-year-old Kevin Emisch was struck and killed also by a hit and run driver.

Bike Friendly Windsor Essex is organizing a Memorial Ride on Monday evening, June 29th, at 6pm at Parent and Tecumseh and at 7:15pm at Huron and Matchette in Lasalle to show solidarity with area cyclists and to pay respect to both men who lost their lives on a bike.

Ghost bikes will be installed at both locations and a moment of silence will take place at each crash site in remembrance of the fallen cyclists and as a reminder of the need to protect the vulnerable road users in the region.

Bicycle riders may choose to cycle the entire 30km loop beginning and ending at the Caboto Club, or they can organize a group to ride from their homes to either of the sites, or meet up with the group at any point along the route.

“Protecting our vulnerable road users – bicycle riders and pedestrians — should be a priority in Windsor-Essex but it’s not,” says Bike Friendly Chair Lori Newton. “We are doing almost nothing to educate the community about the importance of respectfully sharing the road and learning the rules of the road.”

According to the Executive Director of the The Safety Michael Lucier, injuries and deaths of cyclists and pedestrians will continue without more education. “Our grade 4 program offers all local students a handson opportunity to learn to cycle safely, but not all schools send students,” says
Lucier. “We need resources to reach more residents—kids and their parents.”

“Despite the lack of safe cycling infrastructure to connect neighbourhoods in Windsor-Essex, the health and environmental benefits of cycling far outweigh the risks”, says Newton. “Our vision for Windsor-Essex is a region with a sustainable transportation network, complete streets in all neighbourhoods with accessible on and off road cycling infrastructure. We imagine a healthy, safe and livable region that is recognized as a cycling destination,”

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