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The 11th Annual Blessing of the Bikes

New York City

Wear your usual cycle clothing and bring your bike (or skates or non-motorized scooter) INSIDE the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine for the 11th Annual Blessing of the Bikes.

Reverend Thom will say a few kind words and then sprinkle the bikes with Holy Water. There is a moment of silence to remember those cyclists we’ve lost in the past year, a chance for everyone to ring their bicycle bells in celebration of cycling, and we’re gone. 

This is a particularly special year -- a large portion of the Cathedral has been closed for years in order to repair the damage from a fire in 2001, and this is the first time since then that we will be back in the Cathedral’s beautiful main section.

All faiths welcome.  This is a non-denominational event. 

Please note that this event is not organized by the NYC Street Memorial Project.  We will be present to read the names of those lost in the past year.  For more information about the event, please visit http://theblessingofthebikes.com/.

Louisville Memorial Ride

Louisville

This ride will be a casually paced somber memorial coinciding with the Ghost Bike Memorial Ride taking place in New York. The route will pass by the below locations for an approximate 11 mile loop through the city. The list in no way reflects the actual number of cyclists and pedestrians injured and killed in Louisville every year. Unfortunately we can't be everywhere and the highlands and downtown areas are likely to get the best turnout for riders and provide some of the safer riding conditions in the city as well as containing a higher concentration of incidents involving motor vehicles with bicyclists or pedestrians.

While riding please keep in mind to stay in the group as there is safety in numbers and we will be moving through intersections with clearance in mind, not traffic signals. As always, stay alert

Meet up: National City Bank on Bardstown Road at Douglas Blvd

Ride approx: 11am

Bicyclist Killed (Lance Livesay)
1529 Bardstown Road

Bicyclist Injured (Mike Purvis)
Bardstown Road at Eastern Parkway

Bicyclist Killed (Karola Steed)
Lexington Avenue at Grinstead Drive

Bicyclist Killed (George "Chips" Cronen)
Clark Memorial Bridge

Bicyclist Injured (hit and run)
East Broadway

Bicyclist Killed (Jen Futrell)
1044 Bardstown Road

If anyone knows of additional accident sites involving cyclists or pedestrians please contact jimmy@fuckgas.org so they can be added to the route.

4th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk

New York City

There is no significant chance of precipitation today according to the weather report. The ride will continue as scheduled. Please see the below schedule for details.

 

Here are the links to print (landscape) B/W flyers, color flyers and posters.

DETAILED RIDE/WALK SCHEDULE
subject to change, check www.ghostbikes.org

note: the 5BBC has organised early morning feeder rides to get to these start points.

Bronx/Upper Manhattan Ride:
10:45-11:10 gather at White Plains rd and Allerton ave
-subway: 2 to Allerton
11:15 Michael Needham -Barnes ave north of Allerton ave
12:30 Faustino Morales -Truxton st and Randall ave
1:20 meetup & break nw corner of Central Park at Frederick Douglass circle
1:35 Unnamed -Central Park West at w110th st
2:30 Alvaro Olsen -w36th st and Broadway
3:15 Amelia Geocos -e49th st and 1st ave

Queens/North Brooklyn Ride:
12:00 - 12:15 Gather in Astoria Park at east end of running track (Hoyt &19th st)
--subway: N to Astoria blvd
12:30 Arturo Flores -27th st and 23rd ave
1:30 Asif Rahman -Queens blvd at 55th road
2:30 Sze Man (Josephine) Chan -Manhattan and Montrose aves
3:15 Unnamed -under north side of Williamsburg bridge, Brooklyn

Brooklyn/Lower Manhattan Ride:
12:45-1:00 gather top of Sunset Park hill (6th ave btwn 41-44th sts)
-subway: R to 45th st.
1:15 Pedro Fernandez-Pacheco -54th st and 7th ave
2:15 Jonathan Millstein -President st. and 8th ave
2:45 Alexander Toulouse -Livingston and Boreum sts
3:30 Jian-Lan Zhang -Hester and Allen sts

Pedestrian Memorial Walk:
2:30-2:45 gather at Bowery and Canal st. (northeast corner)
-subway: 6, J, M, Z, R, Q to Canal
2:50 Lai Ho -Bowery and Canal st
3:10 James Dong -in front of 106 Bowery btwn Hester and Grand sts
3:40 Josephine LaPlaca -Delancey at Allen st

Convergence of Walk & Rides:
4:00 Rides/Walk convergence -Delancey at Allen st.
4:30 Rasha Shamoon -Delancey st. and the Bowery

Gathering of cyclists, pedestrians, families and friends -subway: 6 to Astor Place
5:00 Memorial for Unknown Cyclists and Pedestrians -e10th st @ 2nd ave
5:15-7:00 Gathering at St. Marks Church, 131 e10th st. @ 2nd ave

Contact: info@ghostbikes.org or press@ghostbikes.org

To Honor Fallen Bicyclists

Minneapolis

Saturday, October 4th, 2008.
Meet at 10:30 a.m. Depart at 11:00 a.m.
Summit & Snelling Avenues, St. Paul

The bicycle community will come together to honor the memory of cyclists who have been killed in recent accidents on Twin Cities streets. The memorial ride will visit the sites of three of the most recent crashes, where "Ghost Bikes" have been placed as a memorial to the victims.

Family, friends and cyclists are invited to participate in this group ride. Organizers are asking that participating cyclists please wear a black shirt with orange ribbon around their arm or handlebars. Ribbon will be provided for those who need it.

The ride will begin at Summit and Snelling Avenues near the ghost bike memorial for Virginia Heuer Bower. It will then head west down Lake Street to Excelsior and West 32nd Street, the ghost bike memorial for Jimmy Nisser. The ride will then head back up Excelsior/Lake, then northeast on Hennepin to the ghost bike memorial for Nik Morton.

In the afternoon, another ride will head to Blaine in order to place a Ghost Bike at Central and Cloverleaf, where cyclist Dale Aanenson was killed.

Riders are expected to be orderly and respectful of traffic. If you are riding recklessly, you will be asked to leave.

James "Jimmy" Nisser -- 1943--September 11, 2008

Dale Phillip Aanenson -- April 9, 1945--September 22, 2008

Nicholas `Nik' H. Morton -- December 25, 1989--September 23, 2008

Virginia M. Heuer -- June 10, 1957--September 27, 2008

For more information:
http://www.ghostbikempls.org
ghostbikempls@gmail.com
612-276-1008

Memorial Celebration of the Life of Andre Anderson

New York City

Come and share in a memorial celebration of the life of Andre F. Anderson, "Dre." The event will be followed by a BBQ at 409 Beach 47th Street. All are welcome to attend.

In 2005, we met the Anderson family as they struggled with the aftermath of their son's death. When it seemed like no one cared that their son had been mowed down by a reckless driver, the biking community rallied around them in support and solidarity. Since then, we have kept in contact with the family as they continue to fight for justice and remember Andre. Every year around the time of his death a bunch of bikers ride out to Far Rockaway and join his family and friends for a memorial celebration of Andre's life. This year we will continue that tradition. Please feel free to join us.

The memorial service will be at the crash site at 1 pm. It will be followed by a BBQ. Andre was a BMX kid and so the family blocks off the street and his friends go bike crazy. It is a down home, Jamaican BBQ to which everyone who attends the memorial is invited.

There will be a casual group ride out to the memorial and BBQ. You can meet the ride at 10:30 am at the George Washington Statue by the Williamsburg Bridge or at 11 am at Bedford Ave & Eastern Parkway (south side).

We need to make the service at 1 pm so please arrive at meet-ups prepared to ride (tires pumped, water bottle filled). Bring tubes, pump, etc. We will ride from the service to the Anderson house. Group rides back tend to be varied, with smaller groups breaking off, and will be wholly dependent on how people are feeling. Most likely a ride will leave Far Rockaway around 4:30 pm.

Memorial Ride for Asif Rahman

New York City

Asif Rahman, 22, was struck and killed by a truck on Queens Boulevard on February 28, 2008. The driver was not charged.

Join fellow riders and Asif's family and friends to remember him and demand a bike lane on Queens Boulevard. Bring flowers and candles.

Toward Carfree Cities Conference

Portland

Towards Carfree Cities VIII: Rethinking Mobility, Rediscovering Proximity

The goal of the Towards Carfree Cities conference series is to bring together people from around the world who are promoting practical alternatives to car dependence - walking, cycling and public transport, and ultimately the transformation of cities, towns and villages into human-scaled environments rich in public space and community life. The focus is on strategy, collaboration and exchange, assisting the practical work of conference participants - whether it be organising carfree days, promoting urban cycling, or building the carfree cities of the future.

The NYC Street Memorial Project will be presenting on the panel "Art, Advocacy, Media, and Direct Action: Complementary Strategies for Making Change on the Streets of NYC" on Thursday, June 19 from 4 - 5:30 pm.

http://www.worldcarfree.net/conference/
http://www.carfreeportland.org/program/

Memorial Ride for Alvaro Olsen and Jian-Lan Zhang

New York City

Memorial Ride for Alvaro Olsen and Jian-Lan Zhang
both killed on April 16, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Union Square South, 7 pm

Alvaro Olsen, 54
West 36th Street and Broadway

Jian-Lan Zhang, 55
Allen Street and Hester Street

www.ghostbikes.org