We received the following email in May, 2009.
"Murcia en bici”, a non profit organization whose
aim is to promote use
of the bicycle as a safe, respected and sustainable mode of transport,
erected today the first ghost bike in the city of Murcia.
This is a tribute
to all those cyclists who were killed in the streets of Murcia,
road violence, and is intended to remind drivers the fragility and
defenceless of bike users in both urban and inter-urban roads. These
terrible events involving cyclists rarely count in the numbers of deaths
resulting from traffic crashes, and campaigns to spread awareness and
prevent this kind of accidents are still to be seen, all these despite
fact that cyclists –still a minority in our country-- are also traffic.
Thus, our intention is to keep those deaths from being forgotten, from
To inaugurate its adhesion to this cause, the platform Murcia
en Bici has
chosen the place of the latest fatal crash involving a cyclist in the
Region of Murcia, El Cruce de El Raal, while
keeping in mind every cyclist
killed before that accident, back in February of 2009.
Around 8pm, members of Murcia en Bici placed a
white bike near the crash
site, after the group of cyclists marched together from the starting
near Queen Sofía Hospital, in remembrance of those fellow riders that
no longer amongst us.
The Ghost Bikes movement is a world wide initiative for the remembrance
those cyclists that were victims of traffic crashes.
This action is also an attempt to raise awareness in our society about
vulnerability of cyclists against motorized vehicles, as well as to
safe and sustainable transportation policies in our area.