A bike painted white, commonly known as a ghost bike, has been installed at 96 Street and 111 Avenue as a way of honouring the 38-year-old cyclist killed in hit-and-run collision early Sunday morning.
The location of the crash is just blocks from the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society’s (EBC) volunteer-run community bike workshop, BikeWorks North.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victim, who are dealing with this tragic and untimely loss,” says Christopher Chan, executive director of the EBC, in an online post.
“We hope that the driver responsible for this death comes forward to take responsibility.”
Edmonton police said a crash between a vehicle and a cyclist at around 2 a.m. on Nov. 5 claimed the life of a man. It was reported to officers that a dark-coloured vehicle struck a cyclist in the intersection and then left the scene, heading east on 111 Avenue.
EMS responded, treated the 38-year-old cyclist and took him to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Police said he died in hospital a short time later. The EPS Major Collision Investigations Unit is leading the case.
Anyone who witnessed the hit-and-run crash or who has any information about the incident is asked to call police at 780-423-4567 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The ghost bike is the 17th the EBC has installed since 2007 but this is the first time a cyclist has been killed in Edmonton since 2014.
With files from Emily Mertz