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Ghost bike placed on Bernard Avenue in cyclist's memory

In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, Skye Chataway, left, and Landon Bradshaw of the Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition install a ghost bike at the place where cyclist Patricia Keenan died last month in a collision with a car door.
August 14, 2015 - 4:38 PM

KELOWNA - A cycling advocacy group is marking the spot where a Kelowna cyclist died with a memorial ghost bike.

Patricia Keenan, 38, died in hospital a few days after colliding with a car door opened in front of her on Bernard Avenue. Keenan sustained a head injury even though she was wearing a helmet.

Now the Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition wants people to remember Keenan when they drive by the spot where she died.

“The bike is intended as a reminder for us all of what could have been prevented by more awareness and attention. Each of us should consider how we can make Kelowna’s streets safer for everyone to enjoy,” past president of the Coalition Landon Bradshaw says.

Bradshaw, and current Coalition president Skye Chataway, locked the white-painted ghost bike to a street lamp post in front of 856 Bernard Ave. where the accident happened.

Chataway says the coalition wants to build on the awareness of Keenan’s death.

“We want to raise issues regarding infrastructure and work with planners and engineers and the public to continue to build better infrastructure. That means separated bike paths which could have prevented what happened here," Chataway says.

To contact the reporter for this story, email John McDonald at or call 250-808-0143. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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