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  • Writer's pictureRhonda Massad

Vélophantom installs white phantom bike on Anse-à-l'Orme in Pierrefonds

According to the latest report from the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec, 16 cyclists died on the roads of the province in 2021. One of those victims, Irène Dehem, was fatally hit by a car on road in Pierrefonds on May 18, 2021.

A few dozen people gathered under a blazing sun for the ceremony, during which tributes to the victim alternated with calls for action. Mrs. Dehem was described by those close to her as a prudent woman who was appreciated by all. She lost her life on May 18, 2021 after colliding with a southbound car that veered out of its lane, hitting the northbound cyclist.

"Since the creation of Vélophantom in 2013, this bike is the 17th white bike we have installed. Many were placed on wide transit routes, like here," lamented Shanti Larochelle, a spokesperson for the organization. "Their configuration too often encourages drivers of motorized vehicles to go fast, to the detriment of safety. »

She also denounced distracted driving and motorists' ignorance of the minimum regulatory distance to maintain when overtaking a cyclist, i.e. 1 or 1.5 m depending on the speed limit, according to the Safety Code. road.

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