A ghost bike appeared at the base of the north bike path on the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge in early March 2009. On the chainguard is written: "In Loving Memory of Dan Valle. 4/06/1982 - 2/14/2009. 26 years young. Musician, teacher, bicyclist, friend, and son. R.I.P." We are not aware of who placed this bike.
TSTC New Jersey Advocate Zoe Baldwin remembered Dan with these words:
On February 18, Dan Valle was killed while riding his bike in
Brooklyn. Just 26 years old, he was an artist, activist, teacher and
friend, who touched the lives of everyone he knew, and I am just
thankful that I was one of them. Dan leaves us our memories, his art
and music, and unfortunately, a renewed sense of purpose.
As an advocate, I sling statistics, shaping numbers into arguments,
aggregating tragedy to effect positive change. Percents of pedestrian
deaths. Bike fatality trends. Publishing big picture data so the trees
don’t obscure the forest. But Dan’s passing really took my breath away.
Beyond the pain of losing a friend, I now have a face to attach to the
Dan was a member of the band Hollow Jones.
Daniel L. Valle, 26, of Howell, NJ passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 at Bellevue Hospital Center, New York City, NY. Mr. Valle was born and had lived in Belleville, NJ, before moving to Howell in 1988. He was an Art Teacher at the Sankofa Academy, Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Valle was a parishioner of St. Veronica Catholic Church, Howell, NJ. Mr. Valle was a graduate of St. Rose High School, Belmar. During High School, Daniel was the drummer in the Hollow Jones Band. He was a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Manhattan with a B.A. in Fine Arts. Daniel received his Masters in Fine Arts Education from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Daniel's memory made to the SPCA/Monmouth County, 260 Wall St., Eatontown, NJ 07724 would be appreciated.
Second image taken from gothamist.com.