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A Ghost Bike Dedication Ceremony

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by KillRamsey, Aug 21, 2015.

  1. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    In Boston / Cambridge, when a cyclist is struck and killed by a vehicle (they've all been large 18-wheelers these last 3 years, by the way), we come together to dedicate and chain up a "ghost bike" at the accident site to remind us all that driving a vehicle is a massive responsibility, and we all need to be careful with each other. Last night was, unfortunately, another such ceremony. This time it was a brilliant 38 year old Swiss researcher and doctoral candidate, I believe, who had just received word that her work was selected to be published when she was killed. An 18-wheeler came up along side her, turned right, and hit her with its front bumper corner, crushing her beneath the wheels.

    20761555535_723a56d266_b. Anita Kurman Ghost Bike Ceremony by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    20140587943_1bd70451be_b. Anita Kurman Ghost Bike Ceremony by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    20768485081_d4ba54b9db_c. Anita Kurman Ghost Bike Ceremony by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    20752157452_f127a6dcf5_c. Anita Kurman Ghost Bike Ceremony by gordopuggy, on Flickr
     
  2. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Coverage of the event by the local public broadcasting station. The Fuji and I are in one shot. I need a haircut, beneath that cap.
     
  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    the sense of loss is heavy in the last two.
     
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  4. Richard

    Richard SC Top Veteran

    559
    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    There's been a series of similar accidents in London in recent months, with a disproportionate number of female cyclists killed, often by large construction vehicles turning left without due care and attention. I think there are plans to fit these vehicles with compulsory cameras to eliminate driver blind spots, which must surely help.

    Apparently we have ghost bikes too, but I haven't knowingly seen one myself.

    -R
     
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  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I remember reading about this when it happened - 2-3 weeks ago? - on one of the bike forums I still occasionally hang out on. Man, that over-taking right hand turn is the most common way to get it on the streets today. One reason to take the lane around intersections if there's ANY doubt. The driver is more likely to see you and NOTICE you than if you're in a bike lane or otherwise hugging the curb... They just don't seem to understand that we're going too fast to just pass and immediately turn right.

    These damn things are so sad and they happen so often. I know all of us who commute or otherwise ride in urban areas have some very close calls of the same type. My wife and I saw a ghost bike in either Juneau or Skagway, AK last week and I had to explain to her what it was.

    -Ray
     
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  6. Be safe out there.