City to look at River Road safety in light of cyclist death

Mayor Malcolm Brodie is asking for the City of Richmond’s transportation department to provide potential solutions to improve cycling safety on a stretch of River Road in east Richmond that was the site of a horrific deadly crash last Sunday morning.

At a committee meeting Monday, Brodie made the motion. It was supported by Coun. Ken Johnston, who suggested the road be closed to cyclists altogether.

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Johnston, who operates a delivery business, said the 23000-block of River Road is known to be dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.

According to Richmond RCMP, six cyclists, who were travelling eastbound, were hit head-on by a 2013 Lexus travelling in the opposite direction.

Vancouver resident Brad Dean, 33, was killed. Two other cyclists were seriously injured in the accident, one of whom was placed in a medically-induced coma.

The investigation is still ongoing and charges have yet to be laid.

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