An Edmonton cyclist is dead after being struck by a concrete mixing truck on Whyte Avenue between 100th Street and Gateway Boulevard.
The Edmonton Journal is reporting a body covered with a tarp could be seen behind the mixing truck around 10:30 a.m. Monday morning.
Police have confirmed a 21-year-old man was killed in the accident.
Whyte Ave. cyclist was killed instantly. He was surprised by the mirror of a parked truck, tried to avoid it but lost control and fell— Andrew Ng (@AndrewNg_) August 27, 2012
Police are checking to see if the truck was parked too far from the curb in Whyte Ave cyclist death— Andrew Ng (@AndrewNg_) August 27, 2012
Police have confirmed the cyclist was heading westbound on Whyte Ave., when he tried to duck under the side view mirror of a parked truck. He missed, hit the mirror and was thrown under the concrete mixer.
The driver of the mixer was not aware the collision happened and had to be flagged down, reports CTV Edmonton.
Edmonton Bicycle Communters, a non-profit promoting active transportation, said they will install a 'ghost bike' near the scene of the accident - an all-white bicycle will be chained to a nearby street post to "serve as (a) reminder of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as (a) quiet statement in support of cyclists' right to safe travel."
There has been a call for increased safety for Alberta cyclists in recent months. Earlier this summer the Calgary Herald reported a Calgary cycling club was asking the province to look at improving cycling conditions on Alberta highways.
The City of Edmonton is just weeks away from installing their first "bike box," a large green square painted on the road with a white bicycle symbol, reports CTV Edmonton. Bike boxes are used in many cities around the world in an effort to make cyclists more visible to other vehicles.
More to come as this story develops.
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