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Advocacy Group Honors Cyclists and Pedestrians Killed in Traffic

By Margaret Lau
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 13, 2011 Last Updated: March 13, 2011
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GHOST BIKE: A fellow rider remembers a fallen cyclist on Delancey and Ludlow streets at the Transportation Alternatives Ghost Bike memorial held on Sunday. (Phoebe Zheng/The Epoch Times)

GHOST BIKE: A fellow rider remembers a fallen cyclist on Delancey and Ludlow streets at the Transportation Alternatives Ghost Bike memorial held on Sunday. (Phoebe Zheng/The Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—Transportation Alternatives and NYC Street Memorial Project dedicated 13 “ghost bikes” Sunday at the sixth annual Memorial Ride and Walk for bicyclists and pedestrians killed in traffic.

Ghost bikes serve as memorials for bicyclists killed or hit on the street. The ghost bikes—bicycles painted white—are locked to a street sign near the accident site along with a small plaque to support cyclists' right to safe travel.

The Ride and Walk event commemorated Jasmine Herron at Washington and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn. Unnamed cyclists and pedestrians were remembered at Brooklyn Borough Hall and at Delancey and Ludlow Streets, where 74-year-old cyclist Fuen Bai of the East Village had been struck and killed in January 2010.

The participants rode to the different sites where the cyclists lost their lives. They brought flowers and other items to honor those who have lost their lives on the road.

The NYC Street Memorial Project, which was conceived in 2007, brings together people, volunteers, and organizations involved in creating ghost-bike memorials for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Transportation Alternatives is a member organization founded in 1973 to advocate bicycling, walking, and the use of public transit system.

Since June 2005, 80 ghost-bike memorials have been set up in New York City to honor 128 individuals who lost their lives on the road.




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