Nearly 300 people participated this morning, Sunday, November 10, 2019, in Rennes, the tribute to Grace. The 22-year-old cyclist died last Monday in a traffic accident on Patton Avenue. A white bike and flowers were placed on the scene of the drama so as not to forget.
Through the impressive silence, the emotion is palpable. Nearly 300 people attended, this morning, Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 11 am, to the tribute to Grace. This 22-year-old student passed away last Monday while she was cycling on Avenue Patton in Rennes. A place that cycling associations had already identified as dangerous for two-wheelers.
Many cyclists, young and old, both men and women, have been keen to make this homage offered by the Rennes Cycling Association. Just like Grace's family.
I'm also a dad of kids riding a bike and I think it's absolutely sad to die at age 22 from a bike accident, " says Loïc. "I am both sad and very angry, says Odile, member of the Rayon d'action association.
It has been more than ten years that we ask for facilities for bicycles and we are still counting the dead. She came with a bouquet of white flowers. Like other cyclists.
Testify of his emotion
Michel, meanwhile, came
support the family and also
mark my indignation with regard to this issue of safety for bicycles. I find it unfortunate that at 22 years old one loses life for a clean trip.
President of the Rennes Cyclists Association, Charles Levillain also paid tribute to Grace.
We organized this gathering to allow people to express their emotions and everyone to be present. The time is not polemical, but everyone evokes the circumstances of the accident that the police investigation must still clarify.
This junction is a place where many cyclists pass and you never feel safe there, assures Charles Levillain.
Our objective is that this kind of accident does not happen again and we hope, in connection with the city, to be able to put in place a plan to absorb black spots of traffic as soon as possible. Unfortunately this accident will be part of the discussions in the future municipal elections.
"Grace loved her bike"
Around 11:30, Francis, Grace's brother, spoke with his family. All wear a small piece of green cloth. The favorite color of the young woman.
Grace was someone great and full of life. She loved her bike which gave her freedom and independence. She would not have understood why there are so many people for her today. She still struggled to understand why people loved and adored her and why she had the right to so much happiness. A silence. The voice of Francois trembles.
But she should have always been there …
What is he waiting for?
This tragic accident must not happen again. A wish shared by everyone present. A bicycle painted in white was deposited at the scene of the accident. A tribute and a message summarized by Mathieu.
The road is neither bicycles nor cars. Everyone must learn to respect each other.
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