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Vigil and rally at city hall calling for safer cyclist infrastructure

Community members will gather outside Ottawa City Hall to remember the 13-year-old cyclist killed in Orléans, and to call on the city to protect cyclists on city roads.
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Ghost bike installed at Ottawa City Hall. Photo taken from @JLeiper Twitter page.

A vigil is being held outside of the Marian Dewer Plaza at city hall Wednesday to honour the life of a 13-year-old who was killed in Orléans. Simon Khouri was riding his bike on the Jeanne D'Arc Boulevard overpass when he was struck and killed by a motorist on July 23.

A rally is also planned to push the city to adopt Vision Zero, a plan that the aims to eliminate pedestrian and cyclist fatalities on roads.

Kitchissipi councillor Jeff Lieper put forward the Vision Zero motion back in June, however, council voted to have the transportation department produce a report by 2020.

"This plan is overdue, it's going to be delivered late, and we know that the result of that lateness is that, sadly, a young person was killed," said Trevor Hache, Member of the Healthy Transportation Coalition.

"We can't wait any longer," Hache added, "Delays and dithering cost lives and it's long past time for action." 

The vigil and rally will start 8 a.m. and run until 9 a.m., with a number of guest speakers expected to promote safer infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists.

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