Memorial ride, ghost bike planned in honour of Dartmouth cyclist killed in accident

Geordon Omand
Published on May 26, 2014

Police investigate the May 21 collision that killed cyclist Johanna Dean at the corner of Windmill Road and Albro Lake Road in Dartmouth.                 

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A cycling group in Halifax will hold a memorial ride this week to honour a woman killed in a fatal collision last Wednesday in Dartmouth.

Johanna Dean, a 30-year-old teacher at St. Catherine’s Elementary School, was cycling north along Windmill Road shortly before 3 p.m. when she was struck by a delivery truck turning right onto Albro Road.

The Halifax Cycling Coalition is inviting community members to meet at the Dartmouth Sportsplex at 5 p.m. this Wednesday, May 28, to ride along Windmill Road to the collision site.

“The big importance is to highlight the collision that occurred and to show that the cycling community is still strong and still willing to ride,” said the group’s co-chair Ben Wedge.

“(It also serves) to raise some awareness around the need for more safe cycling infrastructure.”

According to Wedge, the group plans to install a ghost bike memorial at the intersection.

“A ghost bike is a bike that’s painted white and left at the scene of an accident … (with) the name of the person who was killed and a little message.”

Another longstanding Halifax ghost bike sits on Gottingen and North streets, near the entrance to the Macdonald Bridge.

Wedge urged people to consider the cycling situation in Halifax in a broader context.

“There are issues on our roads, there are lots of problem spots and it’s certainly, certainly far from perfect, but relatively speaking cycling is still very safe in the city,” said Wedge.

No charges have been laid in the accident.

In lieu of flowers, Dean’s family has asked the public to make donations to the Halifax Cycling Coalition.