One year after the death of Emma, aged 24, while riding her bicycle on the Issy-les-Moulineaux bridge (92) on July 21, 2021, her parents came to collect themselves on the now white bicycle. deposited there, in remembrance. They denounce “past inaction”.
Gathered at the scene of the terrible accident which claimed the life of their 24-year-old daughter a year ago to the day, Emma’s parents also expressed their wish to see things move, mentioned “the urgency to act and protect the vulnerable”.
“We can no longer do anything against past inaction”
“We can no longer do anything for Emma, broke at a crossroads recognized as dangerous for years. We can no longer do anything against past inaction to secure the area […] But we can still do something, today, tomorrow,” they wrote in a letter addressed to the mayor of Boulogne, Pierre-Christophe Baguet.
According to them, “proposals” have indeed been put “on the table”, and hope that the mayor of the city, “father of a large family”, will understand “the urgency of protecting vulnerable people, pedestrians and cyclists, who could be your children or the grandchildren we will never have.
Since the accident, nothing has changed, except for 4 red studs installed at right angles in place of this intersection considered particularly dangerous. There, motorists who enter the Quai du Point du Jour are now forced to go wider, before cutting off the road for cyclists.
“We have to work on the arrangements”
Not enough progress for cycling associations, in particular Better moving by bicycle (MDB), for which improvements still need to be made. “The problem is not solved”, explains Frédéric Kroff, who considers “that we must work on the cycling facilities” and “improve the equipment of the trucks”.
And to add: “it is important that this type of accident does not happen again […] it is necessary to protect cyclists and to slow down vehicles that turn right and endanger cyclists and pedestrians despite the priority”.
Speaking in turn to the mayor of Boulogne-Billancourt, the MDB spokesperson calls for “signage to be affixed to make motor vehicles aware of the fact that they do not have priority when they turn right at all dangerous intersections “.
It also asks “that the city take action against the circulation of trucks without an anti-blind spot system in the streets of Boulogne-Billancourt, to avoid other accidents, and the regulation of truck traffic times outside working hours peak”.
Advances all the more important in the eyes of all as no responsibility has been established in this accident: a dismissal having been pronounced, concluding that the driver of the truck had not been able to see Emma because of the blind spots of his vehicle and therefore could not be held responsible.