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Another ghost bike will be installed in Kelowna

Cyclist Ernie Gabbs was killed in a collision with a tractor trailer on Aug. 12, 2019 in Kelowna.
Image Credit: Kelowna and Area Cycling Coalition
August 15, 2019 - 7:41 AM

KELOWNA - Following the death of a cyclist earlier this week, the Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition is going to add to its display of ghost bikes.

This will be the fifth such bike that will mark the sites of cyclists killed in the city in the last four years.

The latest victim was a 69-year-old man who was in a collision with a tractor trailer on Dilworth Drive near Highway 97 on Monday.

Bike coalition member Landon Bradshaw said his name was Ernie Gabbs but he doesn’t have any other details at this time.

“Currently the ghost bikes are a passive reminder and don't impact enough people to make the change,” Bradshaw said in an email. “But, the more people can be informed, the quicker we can get to that tipping point where things will change.”

The bike will be placed on Sunday morning.

"A procession of riders will begin from the intersection of Angel Way and the Rail Trail at 10:45 a.m. to arrive at the installation site for 11:00 a.m. in the parking lot of Orchard Place, Bradshaw wrote. "Mr. Gabbs' death marks an intersection that is known to be problematic for all road users. His family will be present and have donated a wheel from the bike that Ernie was riding to be installed along with the ghost bike."

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