About 40 Toronto cyclists took part in a memorial ride for a man who died after an altercation with former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant.

They hoped their memorial ride would create safer streets.

Darcy Allan Sheppard, a 33-year-old bike courier, latched onto Bryant’s car last fall and died after falling under the vehicle.

Charges against Bryant were withdrawn this year after prosecutors concluded there was little chance of a conviction.

Richard Peck, an independent prosecutor from British Columbia who the Ontario government brought in to handle the case, concluded that an enraged Sheppard attacked Bryant and the former cabinet minister was legally justified in trying to get away.

Sheppard’s father Allan Sheppard travelled from Edmonton to attend the ride. He said he visits Toronto occasionally and sees animosity between cyclists and motorists that he doesn’t see in Edmonton.

“The atmosphere is very toxic here between drivers and riders — drivers and pedestrians too,” he said.

the canadian press