If you've traveled along Forsyth Road recently, maybe you've seen the child's bike spray-painted a ghostly white and chained to a telephone pole. At the base is a collection of flowers and stuffed animals -- a memorial to a boy killed on New Year's Day while riding his bicycle to play basketball with friends. The Florida Highway Patrol estimates that the car that struck Luis Rivera was going 70 mph -- more than twice the speed limit.
The man who created the ghost bicyclist there doesn't want you to know his name. It's not about him, he says. It's about the reckless disregard some people have for anything that is smaller than the vehicle they are driving.
"I am more than over dangerous drivers," he says. "So when I read about a speeding driver ... [who] killed a kid riding a bike on the sidewalk, I decided that I had to do something about it."
His work is modeled after that of a group in the Seattle area, GhostCycle, which has anonymously placed 40 spray-painted bikes around the city where bicyclists have been struck. Some of them have mangled wheels or bent frames. All are an eerie sight. The hope is that drivers who once might have given little or no thought to cyclists might realize that a fragile life is in their hands.