GhostBikes.org: New site connects international ghost bike projects

Site Will Be a Hub for International Efforts to Remember Fallen Cyclists

Published December 12, 2007 by C.I.C.L.E.

Site Will Be a Hub for International Efforts to Remember Fallen Cyclists

A web site featuring ghost bike projects and locations has been launched by New York's Street Memorial Project to connect similar efforts around the world. By the end of 2007, 41 ghost bikes will have been installed in New York City. This year, there have been 23 deaths according to media reports. On the day the site will launch, a memorial ride honoring two cyclists who were killed in midtown in the past week will be held. Information about New York City's upcoming annual memorial ride for cyclists killed in 2007, scheduled for January 6, 2008, can be found on the web site.

The site, ghostbikes.org, is in an open source format that will allow groups and individuals in each city to maintain information on their memorials and events. Volunteers are contacting advocacy groups in other cities to encourage them to participate and add information about their ghost bike projects.

Ghost bikes are bicycles painted completely white that are placed near fatal crash sites accompanied by plaques to remember fallen cyclists. The first ghost bikes appeared in St. Louis in 2003, and they have since emerged in over 25 cities throughout the world. Ghost bikes were first installed in New York City in June 2005 to honor and remember cyclists killed on our city's streets and to draw attention to dangerous conditions for cyclists.

The Street Memorial Project was developed in 2007 to incorporate all the people involved in creating ghost bikes and to include pedestrian memorials. Through the project, volunteers work together to construct the memorials and organize memorial rides and walks to highlight the prevalent safety issues on our streets and remember those killed.