Ghostbikes are memorials for fallen bicyclists; somber reminders of bicyclists killed or hit. Back home there are far too many ghost bikes in our cities and it’s unfortunate that most of us are familiar with this cultural phenomenon. I haven’t seen any since moving to NC so I thought I’d share…
photo credit: jahat
For the most part, cities will leave these bikes forever, out of respect for the passed rider. It’s gestures like this from folks you don’t expect it from that make it possible to maintain my sanity. It’s like when every jerk driver on the road that would cut you off and give you the finger in a second pulls to aside let a funeral procession pass. For me, these are big reaffirming moments that keep me sane.
photo credit: bikeportland.org
You can learn more about ghost bikes at www.ghostbikes.org; and you really should!
photo credit: thismeiks
SIDE NOTE: This is old news but for anyone who didn’t hear about it at the time, the above bike was part of a 2008 DKNY guerilla marketing campaign in which they were promoting general bike riding, supposedly by placing these orange bikes all over cities nationwide. A pretty disgusting appropriation of a cultural symbol by a big company. Whether it was deliberate use of the ghostbike symbol or just a lack of research, it’s offensive. Either in stupidity or arrogance. You’re whack, Donna Karen.