A memorial walk travelled up Claremont Access to place a 'ghost bike' at the site where Jay Keddy was killed last night after being struck by a pickup truck.
By RTH Staff
Published December 03, 2015
At 12:30 PM today, a group of people gathered at the corner of Main Street East and Wellington Street South to proceed up the Claremont Access to the spot where a cyclist was killed last night after being struck by a pickup truck. The victim, 53-year-old Jay Keddy, was a Kindergarten teacher at Prince of Wales School.
Memorial walk up Claremont Access (Image Credit: Jason Leach)
The walk was organized by New Hope Community Bikes Co-Op and was supervised by several Hamilton Police officers, including a group of bicycle officers who walked their bikes next to the group, blocking vehicle traffic from the lane.
Traffic blocked on Wellington Street at Main (Image Credit: Sean Burak)
Police escorting the memorial walk participants (Image Credit: John Neary)
Walking up Claremont Access (Image Credit: Sean Burak)
Passing under the Jolley Cut (Image Credit: Jeffrey Neven)
Participant Sean Burak wrote, "The absurd scale of this street is even mroe apparent when viewed on foot".
The New Hope organizers brought a white-painted "ghost bike" along with them, to be placed at the site of the collision in memory of the victim.
Ghost bike (Image Credit: John Neary)
Andrew Hibma locking the ghost bike (Image Credit: Jeffrey Neven)
The ghost bike (Image Credit: John Neary)
The walk also commemorated Blane Morton, a cyclist who was killed riding on Upper James.
Removing the ghost bike from its trailer (Image Credit: Jeffrey Neven)
After the event, Burak wrote, "Here we stand at the crossroads of these two inhuman roads, discussing how to disperse. No safe options."
Trying to decide how to disperse after the memorial (Image Credit: Sean Burak)
Noting the excessive lane capacity on the Claremont Access, memorial participant John Neary wrote, "Claremont was totally closed for [approximately] ten minutes. Nine minutes after one lane reopened, it's empty again."
Road closure on Claremont for memorial walk (Image Credit: John Neary)
According to a November 2013 report by the Social Planning and Research Council, Hamilton has an injury risk for people walking that is 42 percent higher than the provincial average, and an injury risk for people riding bicycles that is 81 percent higher than the provincial average.
Saddened and outraged residents have already begun calling on Mayor Fred Eisenberger and City Council to commit to safer, more inclusive streets that are designed to eliminate preventable traffic deaths.
Thanks to Sean Burak, Jason Leach, John Neary and Jeffrey Neven for sharing photos of the memorial walk.
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