Mario was a friend of mine. He was one of the good guys; volunteering countless hours on on the Trips for Kids non-profit chapter he helped founded, on Take-a-kid-mountain-biking day, trail building, leading group rides, etc. Quiet, unassuming, humble. Always the first to offer you a beer.
He commuted that same route for years. He was a safe rider. He was well aware of his vulnerability on the bike and wore a helmet cam to record the insanity of drivers he witnessed on a daily basis during his commute to work. He was riding in a designated bike lane when he was hit by right-turning tractor trailer.
Friends said Théoret worried about fast-moving traffic veering into designated bike lanes. For the past three weeks, he had even attached a camera to his bicycle.
“He had already captured quite a bit of footage on his daily commute. He showed me some of it,” said Cat Weaver, one of Théoret’s best friends. “Police do have the camera … they have watched footage from his commutes to work and they were shocked.”
The loss of Mario certainly left a big void in the cycling community here in Ottawa. One fellow summed it up quite nicely. Mario didn't speak much, but everyone seemed to know exactly what he was thinking. I for one will miss trail days with him.
The trail will be renamed. As far as we (OttawaMBA) are concerned, it's a done deal.