For the first time, a ghost bike paying tribute to a slain Montreal cyclist has been kidnapped – fr

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For the first time, a ghost bike paying tribute to a slain Montreal cyclist has been kidnapped – fr


MONTREAL – For the first time in Montreal, a ghost bike has been kidnapped.

A white bicycle was installed on rue Saint-Denis under the Carrieres viaduct in memory of Mathilde Blais who was hit and killed by a crane truck in 2014 while on her way to work.

Blais’ mother, Geneviève Laborde, was surrounded by supporters and dignitaries on Sunday as the bike was removed.

“I am moved to know that the death of my daughter will not be in vain and that it will serve to make future generations understand that civic action can move things forward in a constructive way,” said Laborde.

Ghostbikes Montreal (Velos Fantome Montreal) placed the bike “to draw attention to the dangerousness of overpasses for the city’s most vulnerable users”.

The organization said on its event page that building new infrastructure under the viaduct and along rue Saint-Denis would have saved Blais’ life.

The bike will now be housed at the Musée de la civilization in Quebec.

The Mayor of Montreal, Valerie Plante, Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbault and other dignitaries attended the ceremony.

Ghostbikes Montreal is an organization that installs white bikes in and around the city in places where cyclists have been killed in a road collision in honor of the victims and to remind motorists to be aware of cyclists and leaders municipal infrastructure deficient.

The improved infrastructure on Rue Saint-Denis is one example, says Ghostbike, of how roads can be made safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

“Despite the promises, it took a long time to come. Yet infrastructure is key to ensuring the safety of the most vulnerable, ”said Ghostbike spokesperson Shanti Larochelle.

The organization said the other 10 ghost bikes installed in Montreal and surrounding areas will remain in place and more will be installed in the near future due to recent cycling tragedies.

A white ghost bike in honor of Clément Bazin is presented in Montreal on Saturday, November 17, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Graham Hughes

The organization will leave a plaque in honor of Blais where the white bike was once installed.

“The bike will be dismantled, but neither the memory of Mathilde, nor the memory of all the other victims of road violence, will ever be forgotten,” the organizers said on the event’s Facebook page.

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