Update: Bombers call for review of active transportation after fan's death
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Mayor Sam Katz says he’s game to speak to Winnipeg Blue Bombers brass about the team’s concerns over active transportation safety around Investors Group Field following the death of a fan after being hit by a car while cycling to the stadium Monday.
Long-time fan Dick Stevenson, 69, died in hospital after being hit by a car near Bishop Grandin Boulevard and Pembina Highway while pedaling to the Bombers’ first preseason game of the year.
After releasing a statement Tuesday night expressing shock and sadness over the man’s death, the Bombers released a second statement Wednesday morning calling on the city to “immediately review and assess all active transportation routes and infrastructure” leading to the stadium.
“Ensuring fan safety is paramount,” said Bombers president Wade Miller, “especially for fans who are walking or cycling to and from Investors Group Field.”
A spokesperson for the mayor said his office hasn’t received an official request from the team about their concerns, but Katz “frequently communicates” with the Bombers, and is “always open to discuss concerns and requests.”
Winnipeg police continue to investigate the crash and are asking any witnesses who have not spoken to police to call them at 204-986-6219.