Today was the ghost bike ride for Adam Excell, a young man struck down last Saturday in the prime of his life. This is the third ghost bike ride in two weeks. Not much more can be said.
After Tino wrote on the bike, many others joined in.
By all accounts, Adam was a careful cyclist. He had a helmet and lights when he was hit at this intersection. Whatever justice is meted out to the 19 year old who hit and ran, a moment’s inattention led to one life gone, and another affected forever.
31 traffic fatalities so far this year, including 21 pedestrians and these three cyclists in the past month. Something has to be done. If 31 Torontonians were killed by guns, this is all we would be talking about. Instead, these needless deaths are treated as collateral damage by our autocentric society, with a good deal of victim blaming thrown in for good measure.
Ride (and walk) safe everyone.
Globe and Mail Obituary