August 31, 2016 (Montreal, QC) – Last week saw five cyclists struck down by motor vehicles in Montreal with one of them being killed reports the Journal de Montréal. Three of the five accidents involved trucks hitting cyclists.
At least one of these cyclists, Edmund Leduc, 23, was riding on a bike path when he was struck by a car coming out of a side street. Leduc suffered a dislocated shoulder and had his bike bent up. Not so lucky was Justine Charland St-Amour, 24, who was killed by a truck turning right on Aug 23; police said nobody was at fault.
Another cyclist was seriously injured Aug. 27, also on a bike path, when a truck hit him near the Grande Bibliothèque; the 18-year-old cyclist remains in critical condition. The three other cyclists, including Leduc, do not have life-threatening injuries.
The end of August and beginning of September are especially problematic suggests Suzanne Lareau, president of Vélo Québec. “It’s a crazy time of year,” she explained, noting the numerous road construction sites and how drivers’ patience is tested. There are also numerous college and university students who come to Montreal and ride bikes.
Lareau added that some 31% of serious injuries to cyclists are caused by trucks. But when Vélo Québec sat down with the l’Association de camionnage du Québec ( trucking association) to discuss better ways to share the road, “they were not very open to making changes.”