Tributes being organized in the wake of cyclist's death

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A couple of tribute events are being organized for next Monday, May 5 to honour 33-year-old Mathilde Blais, the cyclist who was killed early Monday morning while riding a Bixi bike in Rosemont — and to call for authorities to make the streets safer for cyclists.

Blais, a speech pathologist at Ludger-Duvernay elementary school in St. Henri, was hit by an 18-wheeler while riding along St. Denis St. under the Des Carrières overpass. A team of specialists, including psychologists, are meeting with students and staff who are coping with her loss.

Blais' sudden death has once again raised the issue of cyclist safety on the streets of Montreal, and what can be done to make the streets safer for cyclists.

A vigil is due to take place at 6 p.m. next Monday, May 5 near the spot where she was struck and killed. Also that day, a "Ghost Ride for Mathilde Blais" is scheduled to take place that morning.

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  1. Juge posted on 04/29/2014 02:46 PM
    If cyclists want safer cycling conditions on the roads in this city, they should obey the rules of the road and use a LOT more common sense. Helmets, reflectors, riding in bike lanes, stopping at stop signs and red lights, just to name a few, are things they can do to make conditions safer for themselves.
  2. charming_a posted on 04/29/2014 08:54 PM
    Safer - I think the only safe thing for these cyclist is to go and take theory courses. I almost hit a cyclist this morning because he was biking in the middle of the road. There are bike paths that are constantly being disregarded because they are not being used and when they decide they are going to cross the street it's done in the middle of the intersection and not at the cross walk with the pedestrians - a left turn doesn't mean you go from the complete right lane to the complete left to follow car traffic it's dangerous and you could get hit by a number of ways. They should be ticketed for their reckless cycling just like divers.
    1. Veektor_Smash posted on 04/30/2014 01:10 PM
      @charming_a Cyclists have all the right to be on the road as drivers do, if they do so they have to follow the same rules of the road, IE; Cross a street in the middle of the intersection (as long as you're in the correct lane) and following the flow of traffic.

      This was a tragic accident, but drivers need to realize that cyclists have as much right to be on the road as they do and need to keep an eye out for them.

      And the reckless cyclists do get tickets just the same as reckless drivers.
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