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New bike lane up escarpment to be named in honour of late Hamilton cyclist Jay Keddy

A "ghost bike" was placed along the Claremont Access in tribute of Jay Keddy, following his death in December 2015.
A "ghost bike" was placed along the Claremont Access in tribute of Jay Keddy, following his death in December 2015. Ken Mann / 900 CHML

A cyclist who was struck and killed while riding up the Claremont Access will be remembered through the naming of the access’ new bike lane.

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Ward 8 Coun. Terry Whitehead will present a motion during Wednesday’s meeting of Hamilton city council to name it “Keddy Access Trail.”

Jay Keddy, 53, a teacher and father of three, was struck from behind and killed while pedalling up the escarpment on Dec.2, 2015.

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Whitehead says he’s formalizing what he already knew, that there is “general widespread support” for naming the lane after the avid cyclist.

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Almost 1,600 people have signed an online petition supporting the tribute, since it was launched this past weekend.

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Construction of the $2-million bike lane up the escarpment access will begin next year.

The city was recently able to accelerate the timelines after receiving $3.7 million in provincial funding for cycling infrastructure.

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