The Street Memorial Project honors cyclists and pedestrians that have been killed on New York City's streets. We seek to cultivate a compassionate and supportive community for survivors and friends of those lost and to initiate a change in culture that fosters mutual respect among all people who share the streets.
The project continues the work of various groups and volunteers, who for more than a decade have created memorials for those lost in crashes in New York City, starting with Right of Way's memorial stenciling project from 1996. The arts collective Visual Resistance began making ghost bikes in June 2005, when a member came across the site of Liz Padilla’s crash minutes after it happened. The project was inspired by similar efforts in Pittsburgh and St. Louis.
The Street Memorial Project was developed in 2007 to incorporate all the people involved in creating ghost bikes and to include pedestrian memorials. Through the project, volunteers work together to construct the memorials and organize memorial rides and walks to highlight the prevalent safety issues on our streets and remember those killed.
Since June 2005, 140 ghost bikes have been installed in New York City to commemorate 185 known fatalities, including 54 individuals for whom we have no information.
For photos, take a look at our Flickr. Other Flickr users' photos may be found by searching the tag "nycghostbikes" or checking out the NYC Ghost Bikes photo pool here. Please note that we are responsible only for the images that appear on our own Flickr account. If you are interested in the images of other photographers, you will have to contact them directly.