Ghost Bike in Brooklyn

Ghost bikes in New York City

Bicyclist Julian Miller was killed in a collision with a motorcycle at Greene and Washington Avenues Sep. 18 2009

Bicyclist Julian Miller was killed in a collision with a motorcycle at Greene and Washington Avenues Sep. 18 2009

The other day I was walking to school I came across a curious sight: A bike, painted all white and chained to a light post with a chain that was also painted white. It made me wonder as it had no sign on it. I continued down Washington Avenue and my eye caught sight of another bike, which had a sign bearing its memory to a deceased cyclist. I was touched.

I find the Ghost Bikes to be a beautiful way of creating a memorial to those who have passed in traffic and also a really fascinating way of incorporating sculpture into the cityscape.

After doing some research on it, I have found that there are currently 67 ghost bikes installed throughout New York City. The ‘project’ is run by volunteers and more information can be found on it here: http://www.ghostbikes.org/

I’m very fond of the concept and happy to see other countries also have adopted it. What a beautiful way to present a memorial that both reminds us of the dangers in traffic but also brings memory to the ones passed away.

Kiri Østergaard Leonard
kiri@kirileonard.com

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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