'It's not a good day,' cyclists plant flowers in honour of woman killed

Cyclists plan to install a ghost bike at the scene of Monday's collision that killed an unidentified woman on a bike.

Police said they are asking for the public's help to identify the woman killed on Bear Creek Road

Three cyclists planted flowers in honour of the woman who died while riding her bike on Tuesday. (Chris Ensing/CBC)

A handful of members of the London Cycling Club rode their bikes on Wednesday to the scene of a fatal collision involving an unknown cycilist to mourn her death. 

"It's not a good day," said Dave Stinson, who often rides along the road where the woman died. "You assume, or you think it might be someone you know."

Stinson said he's planning to post a ghost bike at the site in her memory. 

A ghost bike is a white bicycle placed at the scene of fatal cycling accidents, and used to remind people of the risks cyclists face while riding on the road. 

"Everyday when we ride people honk at us, give us a finger," said Stinson. "Lots of them sit behind us, lots of them honk nicely, lots of them wave and chat."

"But there's always someone sitting behind us that doesn't like us being on the road, but I'm not thinking for one minute that's what this [accident] is," said Stinson.

Stinson was careful not to place blame on either the cyclist or the driver of the vehicle until the police release the cause of the collision.

Unknown Rider

Police are asking for the public's help to identify the woman who died after her bike collided with a passenger vehicle on a rural road north of London on Tuesday. 

The victim is described by police as:

  • 50-60 years of age 
  • 5'1", 95 pounds
  • grey and blonde hair

The bike is a dark blue/black Norco Bush Pilot bicycle.

The police have sent out this photo of a bike that is a similar model to the one involved in the fatal collision on Tuesday. (Submitted by OPP)

Police said that both the cyclist and the driver of the passenger vehicle were heading southbound on Bear Creek Road in Middlesex Centre on Tuesday night. 

The 20-year-old driver of the vehicle remained at the scene of the collision. 

Searching for closure

"It's very tough," said Const. Max Gomez with the Ontario Provincial Police. 

"It's tough emotionally. Our members have been working diligently to identify the cyclist who has lost her life."

Gomez said the police continue to investigate the collision and have not laid any charges. 

"At the end of the day the OPP and our technical investigators will exhaust every avenue, every investigative lead."

Gomez is asking the people to contact the police if they have any information about the collision.