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Ghost Bikes: A Cyclist Was Killed Here Film Screening

Los Angeles

From the Ventura Museum Website:

Ghost Bikes, a recently completed documentary by Danny Gamboa,
concentrates on Southern California's part in a worldwide phenomenon of
white bikes appearing as unofficial memorials where bicyclists have lost
their lives in traffic accidents. In Ventura County this year, ghost
bikes have been installed in remembrance of fallen riders Nick Haverland
and Jose Luis Carmona

The Ghost Bikes film will be shown at both 6:30
and 7:15 pm on Friday, November 18, at the Museum of Ventura County, and
the filmmaker will be there to answer questions. Admission is $5 for
the general public, free for museum members. It includes entry to all
exhibits, including Departures, which features the ghost bike made to
honor Nick Haverland, the 20-year old Ventura College student struck and
killed on Telegraph Road this past May. For reservations to either
screening, call 805-653-0323 x 7.

A ghost bike is first stripped to its basics and painted white. Often
local artists contribute elements, and then the bike is anonymously
left locked to a street sign near the crash site. The first ghost bikes
appeared in St. Louis in 2003, and volunteers tracking the sites
estimate that since then, more than 150 have appeared worldwide. Gamboa,
a Long Beach based filmmaker, sees ghost bikes as art that can raise
awareness about safety and encourage communication about sharing the
road. Gamboa is a cyclist who has installed ghost bikes for fallen
strangers.

The Museum of Ventura County is located at 100 East Main Street in
downtown Ventura. Hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors, $1 children 6-17, members and
children under 6 are free. For more museum information go to www.venturamuseum.org or call 805-653-0323.

Image from the ZKO Films website

 

Memorial Ride for Audrey Hull

Minneapolis

This ride will mourn the loss of Audrey (Kimberly Yeong Sil) Hull, age 25 who was killed while riding her bike.

Meet us at van cleve park
near the u. wear some sort of white in her honor (shorts, pants, shirt,
armband, etc). we'll ride from van cleve park up and down 15th avenue
(past the site of the tragedy on the corner of 4th) 25 times (once for
each year of her life). we'll circle around the round-about by eddy
hall. total trip loop is 1.5 miles so this memorial ride will be
approximately 12.5mi
.

spread the word.

 

6th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk

New York City

The NYC Street Memorial Project will hold the 6th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk on Sunday, March 13, 2011.  Together we will ride to the locations where cyclists have lost their lives after January 1, 2010.  Bring flowers and other items to honor those we have lost. 

The Ride/Walk schedule below is subject to change - for updates on the day of the ride follow us at www.twitter.com/nycstreetmem or #memride2011.

Bronx - Manhattan Ride
1:15 E. Fordham Rd & Webster Ave (4 to Fordham Rd, B, D to Grand Concourse, MetroNorth to Fordham Road)
1:30 Alprentice (A.J.) Gray memorial, Webster & 188th
2:00 Meg Felice Charlop memorial, Crotona & E. Tremont
3:00 Meetup - Pelham Fritz Rec Center, Marcus Garvey Park, 5th & 122nd St
3:15 Marcus Ewing memorial, E.120th & 3rd Ave.
3:50 Bob Bowen memorial, 2nd Ave & 59th
4:30 Fuen Bai memorial, Delancey & Ludlow

Staten Island Ride
1:30 Everything Goes Book Cafe, 208 Bay St btwn Victory & Hannah
2:30 Dayshan Geralds memorial, Jersey St & Hendricks Ave
3:00 Ferry to Manhattan
4:30 Convergence with Bronx - Manhattan Ride @ memorial for Fuen Bai

Brooklyn Pedestrian Memorial Walk
1:00 Steps of St Anthony's Church, Manhattan Ave & Milton St (G to Greenpoint Ave)
1:30 Neil Chamberlain memorial, McGuinness & Calyar
2:05 Bike riders converge with North Brooklyn Ride @ memorial for 'TJ' Campbell

North Brooklyn Ride
1:00 Irving Square, Wilson Ave & Halsey (L to Halsey or Wilson, J to Halsey)
1:20 Diego Rodriguez memorial, Gates and Bushwick
2:05 Timothy (TJ) Campbell memorial, Varick & Meserole
3:15 Convergence with Brooklyn Ride @ memorial for Jake McDonough

South Brooklyn Ride
1:40 Linton Park (1 block north of 2/3/4/5 train to Van Siclen)
2:05 Unnamed memorial, Linden Blvd & Schenck Ave
2:15 Jerome E. Johnson memorial, Linden Blvd & Van Siclen
3:15 Jake McDonough memorial, Flatbush & Beverly
3:45 Meetup - Grand Army Plaza
4:05 Jasmine Herron memorial, Washington & Atlantic
4:40 Dominik Perez memorial, Atlantic & BQE

All Rides Convergence
5:00 Brooklyn Borough Hall
5:15 Memorial for unnamed pedestrians and cyclists

After Ride Gathering
Rabbit Hole Studios Gallery @ 30 Washington Street (basement), DUMBO, Brooklyn

We invite other locations to ride with us by scheduling their own memorial rides and events on that day.  Please contact us to let us know about your ride or to help out on ours.

Rain/snow date is Sunday March 20, 2011.Please note that Daylight Savings Time starts on March 13.

RSVP to our Facebook event.

Image by Curtis A.

Bici Blanca en Memoria a Hugo Vinicio Ortiz Lemos

Quito

Queremos convocarles a razón de:

La BICICLETA BLANCA puesta en el acto realizado con la presencia de
mas de 100 ciclistas el día Martes 6 de Octubre del 2009 en conjunto con
la COLICION DE CICLISTAS URBANOS en las calles Amazonas y Pereira,en
honor al ciclista Hugo Vinicio Ortiz atropellado y muerto el día Sábado
26 de Septiembre del 2009 por causa de la imprudencia del conductor de
bus Sr. Fausto René Vizuete Farinango de la Com …pañía Paquisha (bus de
disco 2403, placas PUC-418) fue removida del lugar por alguna autoridad
municipal, persona o institución desconocida en el presente año. Acción
dada pese a los tramites realizados por nuestra organización Andando en
Bici Carajo, ante las autoridades de la Administración Municipal Norte
(Permiso concedido), la presencia y apoyo de familiares de los
ciclistas, la serie de apoyos públicos que se tuvieron por parte de
medios de prensa, instituciones relacionadas y la sociedad civil de
forma general.

Las bicicletas blancas son parte de una campaña mundial que se lleva
acabo para visibilizar la muerte de ciclistas urbanos que en su
ejercicio y derecho de movilidad han sido agredidos y violentados por
conductores inconcientes, mas que una estatua se han convertido en un
acto de construcción de memoria.

Creemos que es necesario que esta bicicleta se mantenga, se consolidé
y acompañe la bicicleta colocada el mismo día en las calles Shyris y
Portugal. En memoria del ciclista Pablo Lazzarini atropellado y muerto
el día Lunes 28 de Septiembre del 2009 por imprudencia de un conductor
desconocido pero también por la falta de programación de los semáforos
en esta intersección.

Lugar: Amazonas y Pereira Esq.
Hora: 5:30 pm
Fecha: Viernes 10 de diciembre

Ghost Bike Workday

New York City

Sadly, the NYC Street Memorial Project has 12 more ghost bikes to make and install for 2010 fatalities. So we are calling a:

Ghost Bike Making Workday - all are welcome

November 13th 11am - 5pm
(raindate/installation date November 20th)

Greenpoint Reform Church

Please contact us if you have a bike to donate or would like to install a finished ghost bike or have any questions.

Please wear or bring work clothes, wrenches, chain breakers and other bike tools as well as food and drink to share.

Please note that this event is not for press or filmakers. If you want an interview or film opportunity, please contact us for an appointment at another time.

Chicago Ghost Bike Ride

Chicago

from The Chain Link

Simple 13 mile ride passing all 10 Chicago area Ghost Bikes, taking a
moment at each to give attention, tell stories, and leave a few white
plastic flowers.

We'll start at the South end in Washington Park (near Chicago Ave
RedLine stop), and end in about 2 hours at the North end near
Montrose/Ashland.

Not to be confused with the great Ride of Silence which visits some on a spring evening, this is a casual fall daytime ride, intended simply to tour them all.

This is an updated version of the same ride this time last year which was quite pleasant.

See bedno.com/ghosts for photos of all and current Google map of planned route (and cross your fingers that there's no last minute additions!)

Dia de Muertos Ghost Bike Ofrenda

Albuquerque

Dia de Muretos is a very long standing tradition not only in Mexico, but also in New Mexico.  This year it has expanded to include a ghost bike ofrenda (alter).  Jacobo de la Serna, with a little help from Duke City Wheelmen Foundation, has created this alter.  It is really beautiful and really embodies the spirit of this tradition.  If you are in Albuquerque, check it out.  The pictures do not do it justice.

Each orange card has the name of a cyclists killed in New Mexico since 1989 due to a collision with a motor vehicle.

Hearing on the "Proposed Rules Governing the Removal and Disposal of Derelict Bicycles"

New York City


Please note the change in date and location of this event due to amended proposed rules. 

The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) proposes to adopt a new rule called "Proposed Rules Governing the Removal and Disposal of Derelict Bicycles". This rule would add a new section numbered 1-05.1 of Chapter 1, Title 16 of the Rules of the City of New York.

Although the DSNY has made verbal statements published by the press that they might not remove ghost bikes, the Proposed Rules have not been changed in regards to ghost bikes and state that after 30 days ghost bikes can be removed. We urge you to comment and testify at the August 10th hearing on the Proposed Rules as published.

On page two, section (2) the Proposed Rules state:

"Ghost rider" shall mean a derelict bicycle that has been placed on public property and apparently intended as a memorial for someone who is deceased and which may be painted white or have a sign posted on or near it, or flowers or other mementos in the basket."

Page three states:

"...in the event that a ghost rider is affixed to public property, a notice shall be affixed to the ghost rider advising the owner that such ghost rider must be removed within thirty days from the date of notice. This notice shall also state that the failure to remove such ghost rider within the designated time period will result in the removal and disposal of the ghost rider by the Department of Sanitation."

If you are concerned that NYC Ghost Bikes will be removed after 30 days, please submit your written comments and/or present your comments at the public hearing.

Notice of your intention to testify as well as written comments regarding this proposed rule may be sent to the office of the Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs, New York City Department of Sanitation, 125 Worth Street, Room 710, New York, NY 10013.

You can also submit a comment electronically through NYC RULES or by calling 311 on or before August 10, 2010.

You can also send an email directly to the DSNY Commissioner and/or contact the members of the NY City Council Committee on Sanitation.

Here are some suggestions of issues with the rules as proposed to include in your response:

1. Ghost bikes (referred to as "ghost riders" in the document) are defined in the rules as inherently derelict when they are first installed.  This means that any ghost bike may be subject to removal.  We do not believe that all ghost bikes fall under the criteria that determine derelict bikes, and we strongly oppose removal of all ghost bikes.

2. Several of the derelict bike criteria are vague and unhelpful for determining and/or removing abandoned bikes, and should be further explained or removed.

The first listed characteristic of a derelict bike describes it as "unusable."  This description is too vague, as it does not explain what the bike might be used for and what makes it unable to be used.  Additionally, the ghost bikes are used as functioning memorials, so we wish that this characteristic not be applied to any ghost bikes.

The second characteristic states that a derelict bike may be missing parts.  It specifies some parts with the exception of the seatpost, saddle, and front wheel, which may be
removed by a rider for security reasons, but does not include a comprehensive list of parts.  Given that some ghost bikes are stripped of unnecessary parts, we wish that the rules more specifically describe exactly which parts must be missing to categorize a bike as derelict, and whether the bike must be missing merely one part, or several.

The third characteristic specifies that a derelict bike may have flat or missing tires.  Though many ghost bikes have flat tires, this does not make them an eyesore or a public hazard.  Additionally, a completely functioning bike is equally at risk of being locked up with flat tires, due to vandalism, road debris, an unexpected slow leak, or other common bike commuting hazards.  We wish that the rules be modified to remove the criterium of flat tires.

3. If ghost bikes are their own category, given that they are removed after a time period of 30 days rather than five, they should have their own criteria to determine which ghost bikes would be considered derelict.

4. The City should create a public database or set up a notification procedure so that interested groups can easily track if any bikes are slated for removal and respond appropriately.  A public database would also help bike owners who have left their bikes locked outside and are not able to retrieve them in the five day period to coordinate a way to get their bikes.

5. The rules as proposed do not include an appeals process if any person wishes to challenge a bike's designation as derelict.  The City should create and implement a policy that would allow interested parties to repair a bike determined to be derelict or challenge this designation if it is inappropriately assigned.   Additionally, when a bike is tagged for removal, the City should include a document that specifies which criteria the bike has fulfilled to be designated as derelict.

6. You may wish to include in your response the value you see in ghost bikes and other street memorials, as well as any personal stories of your experiences with these memorials.

For related news articles see:

http://www.ghostbikes.org/press/city-could-make-memorial-ghost-bikes-vanish-memorial-bikes-could-go-away-under-plan-remove-der

http://www.ghostbikes.org/press/sanitation-department-wants-remove-eyesore-bike-death-memorials

Expocision Fotografica Bicicleta Blanca

Guadalajara

Expocision Fotografica Bicicleta Blanca, esta expo sera durante las
actividades de el Bici mes , en el cafe "el colectivo" López Cotilla
1939 casi esq. Luis Pérez Verdía
Guadalajara, Mexico 16 DE JULIO AL
15 DE AGOSTO 2010

For more information, see Bicicleta Blanca's Facebook page

Memorial Ride celebrating the lives of Erik Fitzpatrick & Pete Webster

Oakland

On
Sunday, June 13, Walk Oakland Bike Oakland will lead a Memorial Bike
Ride to honor two Oakland residents who were recently killed while
riding their bicycles.

The ride will begin at the corner of
Market Street and 52nd Street, where Peter Webster was fatally struck by
a driver crossing Market Street on April 30th. The ride will end at
the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Patterson Street, where on May 19
Erik Fitzpatrick was fatally struck by a bus after a driver opened his
door in Fitzpatrick’s path. Participants will place a “ghost bike” at
the site of Fitzpatrick’s death to commemorate his life and remind our
community of the need to make our city streets safe for everyone.

The
ride will follow established bike routes and can be found online at:
www.wobo.org

Participants should expect to comply with traffic
laws. This event is free and open to the public.

You can RSVP on the Facebook Page for this event.