MONTRÉAL, April 29, 2021 /CNW/ – To commemorate the anniversary of Mathilde Blais’ death, Vélo fantôme will host its first ever ghost bike removal ceremony on:
Sunday, May 2, at 11 am
Intersection of Saint-Denis and des Carrières streets
(West side, under the overpass)
The white bike will be given to le Musée de la Civilisation’s CEO, Mr. Stéphan La Roche, and a commemorative plaque will replace the commemorative bike as a reminder that road and street safety, for the most vulnerable users, must be a priority.
In 2014, the bike was placed to honour Mathilde’s memory after she was struck and killed by the driver of a crane struck. Seven years later, the organization wishes to applaud the creation of the new infrastructure, under the overpass and covering a large portion of Saint-Denis Street in Montreal. With a bike path such as the one that now exists, Mathilde Blais would have been able to go to work safely, as she did every day.
«We are removing the bike, but we will always remember Mathilde and all other victims of road violence.»
Several dignitaries will join Mathilde Blais’ mother for the ceremony. Among them:
- Mr. Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage and MP for Laurier–Sainte-Marie
- Mr. Enrico Ciccone,Official Opposition Critic for Transport and MNA for Marquette
- Mr. Gabriel Nadeau Dubois, leader for the second opposition party and MNA for Gouin
- Mrs. Valérie Plante, mayor of Montréal
- Mr. Stéphan La Roche, Chief Executive Officer, Musée de la civilisation
- Mr. Jean-François Rheault, Chief Executive Officer, Vélo Québec
RSVP: please respond before 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 2, at firstname.lastname@example.org
**COVID-19: the event will take place following the public health guidelines (face coverings are mandatory and physical distancing between all cyclists)
About Vélo fantôme
A collective that places and looks after white bikes, mainly on the island of Montréal. Ghost bikes are bicycles painted white, left at the exact spot where a cyclist died as a result of a road collision. These roadside memorials are dedicated to the lives of the victims are meant to remind us of the dangers caused by motor vehicles and by deficient urban infrastructure.
SOURCE Musée de la civilisation