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Petition launched to change Burnaby road where cyclist killed

A petition has been started in the name of a Burnaby cyclist killed in 2019 that calls for changes on the road where he died. At the end of June 2019, Burnaby resident Charles Masala was killed by a driver while cycling up Gaglardi Way.
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Police investigators on scene after a cyclist was struck by a driver Saturday afternoon on Gaglardi Way. The cyclist has since died. SHANE MACKICHAN PHOTO

A petition has been started in the name of a Burnaby cyclist killed in 2019 that calls for changes on the road where he died.

At the end of June 2019, Burnaby resident Charles Masala was killed by a driver while cycling up Gaglardi Way.

The father of two was loved and respected by many for his thoughtful outlook on life and his contributions to society, including founding Dwankhozi Hope, an organization that has brought education to over 1,000 children in rural Zambia.

Now some of his friends are rallying to produce change through a new petition.

You can read the petition here, but it is calling on the City of Burnaby to add new infrastructure to protect cyclists.

“Charles’ death could have been prevented,” the petition says. “Separated bike lanes, barriers, speeding deterrents and education could have saved his life … Please sign this petition to request speeding cameras and a separated bike lane for Gaglardi Way. Let’s prevent another tragedy from hitting our neighbourhood.”

A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $8,000 so far for Masala’s family.