2019 Tour du silence remembers 10 cyclists killed on Quebec roads
This coming Wednesday (May 15), cyclists in 400 cities around the world take part in the annual 'Tour du silence,' a tribute to cyclists who have lost their lives in traffic accidents.
In Quebec, the 10th Tour du silence, chaired by the Quebec Federation of Cycling Sports, will be held simultaneously in 23 municipalities. Cyclists will be escorted by police ... they'll ride in a single procession, at a relatively slow pace to make it accessible to all ... and they note that the event will last anbout an hour, with minimal impact on motorists.
In 2018, ten people on bikes lost their lives on Quebec roads. That's according to the SAAQ road safety report, which was unveiled last Thursday.
Additionally, nearly 15-hundred (1,484) cyclists were injured last year, 67 of whom were very serious.
Last year, the parents of Clément Ouimet were the spokespeople for Montreal's Tour du silence. They shared the heart-wrenching story of what their lives were like after the18-year-old an up and coming cyclist was killed on Mount Royal by a motorist making making an illegal u-turn.
Ouimet's death sparked great public debate over cycling safety in Montreal and it led to the City's pilot project that closed Mount Royal to vehicle through-traffic.
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