This ghost bike was removed by the NYPD in April 2009 who reported that they were responding to several complaints about it from community members.
The New York Daily News reported:
A beloved Brooklyn man known for giving struggling young men a second chance was killed Wednesday when he was hit by a bus while cycling, cops said.
Jonathan Millstein, 50, suffered massive head wounds when slammed by an empty school bus while biking in Park Slope at 8:15 a.m., police said.
Millstein, who owns a silkscreen design and printing shop in Manhattan, apparently rode through a red light at President St. and Eighth Ave. when the school bus barreled into him, witnesses told police.
"I'm shocked that he died in such a horrible fashion," said Steve Herrick, 47, a friend who knew Millstein from the building where he runs Works In Progress NYC, a company that designs and prints graphics.
Millstein, a father of two who lived with his wife, Emily, in downtown Brooklyn, was known for employing teenagers and young men from programs for troubled youth.
"Jon was a really nice guy," said Selassie Samuel, 22, a former intern at the victim's shop. "He was a lenient boss as long as you got the job done."
No summonses were issued, but people living near the scene said motorists use Eighth Ave. as an expressway. "People fly down this road," writer Chris Weinstein said.
Bike advocates said the road became dangerous when it was made a one-way street years ago.
"One-way streets are really prone to speeding," said Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for Transportation Alternatives, who said an average of 20 cyclists a year die on city streets.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle had details of the crash:
A morning bicycle ride ended in tragedy for one Park Slope man, 50-year-old Jonathan Milstein, who died from injuries suffered in a collision with a school bus Wednesday morning.
According to reports of the incident, at around 8 a.m., Milstein was cycling westbound on President Street when he came to the intersection in Eighth Avenue, where witnesses said the cyclist appeared to be trying to make the light.
Police reports simply stated that Milstein collided with the school bus, which was carrying no passengers at the time.
Emergency responders transported Milstein to nearby New York Methodist Hospital, where he was declared DOA from his injuries.
Police at first did not reveal whether any traffic violations were committed by either Milstein or the driver of the school bus, which belongs to the Atlantic Bus Company – but an afternoon media alert eventually announced that the accident involved no criminality.
Eighth Avenue is a one-way corridor running one block west of Prospect Park, and as such, it serves as a popular access point for bicycle riders making use of the pathways inside the park, according to Transportation Alternatives (TA), a bicyclists’ advocacy group.
A spokesman for TA called Eighth Avenue “problematic,” attributing the dangers to cyclists to the one-way corridor’s proximity to the park and the tendency of motorists to exceed speed limits.
The biking fatality comes just four days after 8-year old Alexander Toulouse was killed riding his bike at Boerum Place and Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn.
A commenter on a neighborhood blog contradicts this story, countering that the bus and cyclist were traveling side by side.
A later article in the Brooklyn Paper investigated a stencil sprayed on the street at the site of the crash.