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Son of cyclist killed in London collision joins commemorative ride

Critical Mass, a cycling group in London, has planned a commemorative mass ride to shed light on recent cycling-related deaths and injuries in and around the city.

A cycling group will ride on Friday to commemorate people who have died in cycling-related incidents.

Evylnne Loubert (left), 67, was killed on Bear Creek Road on Aug. 1 after she was struck by a southbound vehicle. Her boyfriend Bob Stickney (right). (Submitted by Chris Loubert )

Shock and disbelief.  

Those were the emotions that overcame Chris Loubert after he found out his mother was struck and killed earlier this month while riding her bike north of London.

He's hoping to seek solace in other cyclists on Friday at a mass cycling event planned to commemorate those who have died on two-wheelers.

"It would be great to share stories with other people who have lost family members who are going through the same exact experience my family is going through right now: shock and unexpectedness," said Loubert.

Critical Mass, a cycling group in London, has planned a commemorative mass ride to shed light on recent cycling-related deaths and injuries in and around the city.

Evylnne Loubert, 67, was killed on Bear Creek Road on Aug. 1 after she was struck by a southbound vehicle.  

This week, a St. Thomas woman was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries after she was hit Tuesday morning crossing the road on her bicycle.

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

More safety measures 

Eric Shepperd, a member of the cycling group and a victim of a collision himself, is glad to see the spotlight on cyclists.

He was struck by a car last fall at Western University that left him with bruises and a shattered laptop.

"I got very, very lucky, but not everybody gets lucky in those situations," he said.

He said drivers aren't used to seeing cyclists on the road because they can be be less visible.

Besides paying respect to people who have died in cycling-relate incidents, Shepperd said the group wants to normalize the sight of a cyclist on a roadway.

"We want to make cyclists a physical presence, that we have the right to be a part of road traffic as well as anyone else," he said. "The idea is that if you have a mass of cyclists together on the road, then people will respect cycling."

Loubert said he wants the city to introduce more measures to ensure cyclist safety. He suggests implementing more bike lanes in London, and even along rural roadways.

For now, he has a message for everyone on the roadways.

"At the end of the day, (cycling related incidents) are going to keep happening unless something's changed," he said.

More than 60 cyclists are set to congregate at Victoria Park on Friday at 7 p.m. to kick off their commemorative ride.

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