On Friday August 1, Immanuel Sinnadurai, a 17-year-old Lester B.Pearson high school student, was killed by a car at the corner of Neilson Rd and Sheppard Avenue East while riding his bike at about 5:30pm. He was remembered as “a whip smart student with a big heart“. This was doubly tragic since the driver of the car was only 16 years old.
Fourteen riders gathered at Bloor and Spadina for what was going to be a long ride to install a ghost bike.
Geoffrey supplied the ghost bike, lock and chain, but was not able to ride with us due to work committments.
Dave was our hard working beast of burden.
Joey organized today’s ride and planned the route.
This fellow rode a beautiful 40th anniversary Marinoni.
and off we go.
Down Rosedale Valley Rd.
Along the Bayview extension.
Under the Bloor St. viaduct.
A little peace and quiet, even in close proximity to the DVP.
Under the southbound DVP.
The group takes a break at the elephants.
Climbing up out of the valley at Victoria Park Rd.
A little break at the top of the hill. Mike did the ride on fixed gear.
A relief to get off Pharmacy Rd. onto the Gatineau Hydro Corridor.
Had to avoid this construction along the trail.
Coming down off a bridge over the GO train line. It was a bit tricky for Dave to navigate the switchbacks.
Doug gives Honey an ice cream snack.
As I noted before, major road crossings on these off road multi use trails are well worked out. One could wish for similar things along the proposed “bike boulevards”.
Why do they have bike racks at the ends of the trail segments? Are we supposed to ride up to the trail and then walk? They are pretty, though.
Did you know that there is a bidirectional bike lane on Ellesmere?
The crash site.
Installing the ghost bike.
A moment of silence.
Traffic, always in a rush.
Honey is a very laid back dog.
It’s getting dark as we ride further north up Neilsen.
Safety in numbers.
About half the group elected to ride the LRT home.
The rest of use took a nature break before the ride back. Yum, a sugar donut for dinner.
Tino is still drinking that French water. (D’eau!)
Back across the viaduct, and then down Bloor.
Thanks to all who rode last night. Also thanks to Joey for the organization, Geoff and Dave and Bike Pirates for arranging the ghost bike.
Please, no more memorial rides this year. Last year we had three in October and November.
Ride safe everyone!
on a side note: Kickstarted lighting was very well represented tonight.
Here I am with my Torch helmet.
Tino showed up with another Blaze Laserlight.
Two Blazes on one ride. At times it was like having our own portable bike lane!
Tino having fun projecting onto buildings.
Tino has pictures here. He also notes that both Neilson and Sheppard were supposed to have bike lanes according to the 2001 Bike Master Plan.
August 30: police have charged two drivers with “dangerous driving causing death”, in association with this incident.