Westchester Bike Walk Alliance member Merrill Cassell was killed by a Beeline bus on Nov. 6 when it sideswiped him as he rode his bike along Route 119 in Greenburgh. In early December, a service was held for Merrill at the United Nations, where he had worked for many years. Cyclists accompanied his hearse to his final resting place.
On Dec. 5, which would have been Merrill's 67th birthday a dedication ceremony was held for a ghost bike memorial, which was attached to a light pole at the corner where he was killed. About 100 people came to the dedication, including state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousin, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, both spoke about the proposed 'Merril's Law' which would require passing motorists to allow a minimum of three-feet of space between them and the cyclist. County Legislator Tom Abinanti, and town Supervisor Paul Feiner.
The memorial stands at a bus stop, so bus riders, bus drivers, and motorists on Route 119 will be reminded that cyclists have a right to safe travel on our roads. A team of family and friends created the memorial, donated the bike, painted it with several layers of white paint, made the plaque and attached it to the ghost bike. And many Alliance members participated in the memorial along with family and friends who brought cycling items to adorn the memorial concluding the ceremony by singing Amazing Grace.