Bally family offers thanks and a plea for increased road safety

Dear editor,

On behalf of the Bally family we would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to the Fanny Bay Fire Hall, Paramedics, RCMP and Victim Services for their speedy response to the tragic loss of our beloved Paul Bally. Thank you to the people courageous enough to report tips to authorities, which led to an arrest; allowing our family to move forward in the grieving process. We are so amazed by the overwhelming support from the school, school district, local community and communities elsewhere, through flowers, food, financial contributions and words of encouragement. This support is what is keeping us going.

Paul took all safety precautions for biking: wearing a bright reflective jacket, reflectors on his pants and helmet and flashing lights on his bike.

We really need the infrastructure to make our roads safe for cyclists. According to the Comox Valley Cycle Coalition www.cyclecv.com, a route safe enough for cyclists “must be comfortable to take your four-year-old child or your 99-year-old grandma on”. Until proper infrastructure is in place please keep your family safe.

Sincerely,

Evelyn Bally

 

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