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 of traffic but also brings the memory to the ones passed away.