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Post : Silent bike ride honours Clément Ouimet, cyclists who were killed in road accidents
URL : http://globalnews.ca/news/4213850/silent-bike-ride-honours-clement-ouimet-cyclists-killed-road-accidents/
Posted : May 16, 2018 at 9:08 pm
Author : kalinalaframboiseglobal
Tags : Clément Ouimet, Cyclist, cyclist safety Montreal, Montreal, Montreal cyclists, Montreal transit, Mount Royal, Road Safety, silent bike ride Montreal
Categories : Canada

Montreal cyclists are taking to the streets Wednesday night in complete silence to honour those who have died in accidents with vehicles and to promote improved awareness and safety on the roads.

This year's Tour du silence is also dedicated in memory of Clément Ouimet, the 18-year-old competitive cyclist who was struck and killed when an SUV made a U-turn on Mount Royal last October.

READ MORE: No charges to be laid in collision causing death of Mount Royal cyclist ( https://globalnews.ca/news/4096997/no-charges-to-be-laid-in-collision-causing-death-of-mount-royal-cyclist/ )

Catherine Bergeron, Ouimet's mother and a spokesperson at the event, said all Montrealers need to be aware of what's happening around them on the road and play their part in ensuring a safe environment.

"We all have the rules, we have reglementation in place already," said Bergeron.

> "But I think it has to come from us as individuals every day as pedestrians, cyclists, drivers -- everybody has to jump in, I think."

The 7.5-kilometre bike ride began at 6:30 p.m. in Rosemont. It marks one of 23 bike rides happening across Quebec, including in Quebec City, Baie-Comeau, Drummondville and Sherbrooke.

It is also part of an international event to highlight the dangers of the road and the importance of protecting cyclists.

> Hundreds of Montréal cyclists biking for 7.5 kms in silence to honour the lives of those who died in cycling accidents and to bring awareness to the rules of the road. pic.twitter.com/UPY03HA1Uy ( https://t.co/UPY03HA1Uy )
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> — Gloria Henriquez (@GloriaMTL) May 16, 2018 ( https://twitter.com/GloriaMTL/status/996885195977506816?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw )

Police across Quebec are also taking part in a weeklong campaign to promote awareness when it comes to driver, cyclist and pedestrian safety.

The Sûreté du Québec said the campaign is meant to remind Quebecers to abide by the law, but also to respect all road users.

-- with files from Global's Gloria Henriquez

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