at 9:17 pm posted by Scott H
Ghost Bikes, bicycles painted all-white and placed at the site where a cyclist has been killed, are small and somber memorials for cyclists killed by automobiles. The installations are meant as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street, and as quiet statements in support of the right of cyclists to safe travel.
For those who create and install the memorials, the death of a fellow cyclist hits home. We all travel the same streets and face the same risks, and realize it could just as easily be any one of us. Each time we say we hope to never have to do it again—but we remain committed to installing these memorials as long as they are needed.
EBC created and installed three Ghost Bikes in 2007, starting in September when two city cyclists were killed within days of each other. A third Ghost Bike was installed following a fatal accident in early December.
The city’s first Ghost Bike was placed on Stony Plain Road just west of Anthony Henday Drive to remember William Korol, 38, of Stony Plain, who died after being killed in a hit-and-run in the early morning of Saturday, September 15, 2007.
A second Ghost Bike was placed three days later at 71st Street and 34th Avenue in Millwoods after 16-year-old Mathew Bensalah was killed cycling near his home at 9:30 pm on Monday, September 18, 2007.
The city’s third Ghost Bike memorial was placed at Princess Elizabeth Avenue near 102 Street after 55-year-old Adly Baskharoun was struck and killed just before 7:00 am on Saturday, December 8, 2007.
On September 6, 2008 two more Ghost Bikes were erected in Edmonton.
Edmonton’s fourth Ghost Bike was installed to remember Sandor Baracskay, 77, who died on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 after sustaining injuries after he was struck by a car on August 29 near 111 Avenue and Groat Road.
Another Ghost Bike was installed at 110 Avenue and 153 Street after a September 5, 2008 collision involving two cyclists. William Boudreau, 43, died at the scene while the other cyclist suffered minor injuries.
On October 5, 2008, a 15 year old boy was killed by a drunk driver on Dawson Bridge. A ghost bike was set up and remained, with the appreciation of fbbamily members.
A ghost bike was placed at 156 St and Stony Plain Road after Ronnie Smith, 60, was struck on July 24, 2009, and died.
On August 4, 2009, Dave Dupe, 35, was cycling along the Yellowhead Trail near 215 St when he was struck. A ghost bike was placed near the location.
On April 20, 2010, Roman Cutillas, 49, a temporary foreign worker who rode a bike so he could send more money home to his family, was hit by a truck and killed near 126 St and 111 Ave. A ghost bike was placed.
Jeremy Half, 29, was killed on November 12, 2010, while crossing 137 Ave at 131 St with a friend in a marked crosswalk. EBC placed a ghost bike at this location.
On May 15, 2011, a 15-year-old cyclist was struck at 144 Ave and 54 St. He died in hospital on May 16.
Ghost Bikes do not lay blame, nor do we assess fault when placing a bike. All road users need to pay attention to each other and share the road safely.
The first ghost bikes were created in St. Louis, Missouri in 2003, and they have since appeared in at least 30 cities throughout the world. More information on Ghost Bikes around the world is available at ghostbikes.org.
The full list of Edmonton Ghost Bikes can be found here.