Memorial Ride for Edouard Le Blanc
October 16, 2014 by jnyyz
A week ago today, Edouard Le Blanc was killed while riding his bike on the Gatineau Hydro Corridor. Here is an image of his obituary.
To quote the obit: “Passed away at the age of 63 years doing what he loved.”
The riders gather at Bloor and Spadina.
Doug’s shirt is a somber reminder of earlier tragedies.
(photo by Michael Duffey)
And off we go, up Spadina.
Mixing it up with traffic on Davenport.
Making the left towards Rosedale Valley Rd.
Regrouping at Bayview, then up the Don.
We meet up with two TBN riders at the elephants, and they advise us that our original route along Taylor Creek won’t work.
One wishes that we were enjoying the fall colours under other circumstances.
Seeing part of the hydro corridor at Dentonia Park.
On Pharmacy. Boy this road could really use a bike lane.
Arriving at the crash site.
It was particularly painful to be at this spot since the last two memorial rides to Scarborough passed this way, and this hydro corridor seemed to be a peaceful respite from traffic.
So much fast traffic.
Setting up the ghost bike.
Paying our respects.
Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Here is a photo from the Toronto Sun coverage.
The police investigation has started. Hopefully justice will be fully served. Evidently this green light is no guarantee of safe passage here.
Update (June 2016): the driver pleaded guilty to careless driving and was fined $700. Sickening.
Update (Dec 2016) Part of the Star’s series on Deadly Streets includes a video of Maisie Le Blanc.