Ghost bike

The Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition installed this ghost-bike memorial at the corner of Belgo and Springfield roads, where Imre Nagy was struck by a car and killed in September.

The daughter of a cyclist killed in a collision with a car asked that her father be memorialized with a ghost bike.

A white-painted bicycle will be locked to a sign at the corner of Belgo and Springfield roads for six months. Imre Nagy died after he was struck by a car while riding his bike near the corner on Sept. 25.

Nagy’s daughter, who lives outside the Central Okanagan, contacted the Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition and asked the group to put a ghost bike at the corner as a tribute to her father.

“She reached out to us and requested a ghost bike, hoping it will encourage other drivers to watch out for cyclists, and to share the road with them,” coalition spokesman Skye Chataway said Monday.

“When cars and bicycles come into contact, it’s most often the cyclists who pays the price for a mistake on either side of the equation,” said Landon Bradshaw, another coalition representative.

This is the second ghost bike put up around Kelowna by the coalition this year. In August, one was placed in the 800 block of Bernard Avenue to mark the spot where cyclist Patricia Keenan was struck and killed when someone opened a car door in her path.

That bike has since been taken away.

“It’s usually not intended that the ghost bikes be left in place forever,” Chataway said. “They serve their purpose for a few months, and we wouldn’t want to see the bikes become decrepit.”

An obituary for Nagy, who immigrated to Canada from Hungary, described him as a “devoted Christian man who loved the Lord. He was a good father, brother, grandfather, and friend.” He had two daughters, both now adults.

It is not known if there is an active police investigation into the circumstances of the accident which killed Nagy. A call to Kelowna RCMP was not returned.

Chataway knew Nagy slightly as the man who delivered his family’s newspaper for many years.

“I think he was one of those people who rode his bike everywhere he went,” Chataway said.

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