GhostCycle.org has been collecting data on car-related bicycle accidents in Seattle since May 26, 2005. Cyclists all across our city have submitted 103 incidents where they have been struck by a moving vehicle. As the site has said, "the more we know about our city streets, the safer we can make them for the people who use them."
We have placed "CYCLIST STRUCK HERE" installations ("GhostCycles") at the 40 locations around Seattle where the most numerous/most severe accidents have taken place. Our goal is to raise driver awareness for non-vehicular use of our streets, and to educate drivers on how dangerous it can be for everyone involved when they don't share the roadways.
GhostCycle.org now shares cyclists' submitted stories... testimonials to the importance of knowing and seeing who is on the road around you. Our hope is that through our efforts, drivers will understand that the roads they drive on do not belong to them alone, but that these spaces must be shared with the cyclists and pedestrians around them.
The GhostCycle Team
An article on the project in the Seattle Times
"Ghost bikes" eerie reminders of accidents
By Ari Bloomekatz
A beat-up, run-down bicycle often is evidence of years of use and wear. But a clandestine group of activists scattered dozens of battered, twisted bikes, painted stark white, across Seattle early yesterday morning to raise awareness about safety issues facing riders.
The team of about 25 activists are part of an organization called GhostCycle, which has spent the past three months collecting online submissions of bicycle accidents across the city.
The group mapped the locations of about 140 accidents. Then, under cover of darkness, they placed 40 painted bikes at collision sites, each with an ominous sign reading "A cyclist was struck here."
"It's just about creating awareness and educating people about what the streets of Seattle look like through the eyes of a cyclist," said a member of GhostCycle who would not give his name. He said group members want to hide their identities to keep the focus on bicycle safety.
The project highlights many of the areas around the city that are dangerous for bicyclists. The goal: To improve the safety of city streets for cycling.
Derrick Clark, 27, is a cyclist living in the University District and says the roads can sometimes be dangerous for those who choose two wheels instead of four.
Poor road conditions, narrow sidewalks, unmarked bike lanes and drivers who don't want to share the roads all create hazards, Clark said.