Memorial Ride for Tom Samson

Photos by Martin Reis

Over 150 cyclists rode with warm hearts on a cold night to remember father, husband, teacher and fellow cyclist Tom Samson on the evening of Nov. 30, 2012. A ghost bike was installed at the intersection of Davenport and Lansdowne and a moment of silence was observed.

Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists (ARC) held the memorial for Samson who was killed at Davenport and Lansdowne on Nov. 23. ARC marks these deaths on our roads with a memorial because those dying are our family, friends and fellow cyclists. It could happen to any one. It does not matter who was at fault in these deaths, nor their place in society, what matters is that a cyclist has died.

Anyone on our streets is vulnerable, but special care must be taken for the most vulnerable users of our roads, the cyclists and pedestrians. Toronto needs to move towards a vision of streets that are for all users. Improved bicycle infrastructure, and a better pedestrian realm is of vital importance for our lives today, and for a better City of Toronto of
tomorrow.

Thank you to Martin Reis for documenting the event with these photos.

 

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