Friday, September 30, 2011

New York City Ghost Bike

In Greece, roadside memorials to accident victims take the form of miniature churches, which tend to be adorned with candles, an image of the deceased, and other small mementos. In Australia, roadside memorials to accident victims have also been commonplace over the past 20 years or so, although these tend to be small and generally unobtrusive – often no more than bunches of flowers tied to a lamp post or left on the verge of a highway where an accident took place.
I don’t know if ‘Ghost Bikes’, as they are called, are unique to New York City, but sadly more and more of these distinctive roadside memorials are being set up at the site of fatal collisions between bike riders and motor vehicles.

I discovered the ghost bike pictured here while walking through the Brooklyn suburb of Greenpoint during my 2008 visit to New York City. Unfortunately, I didn’t make a note of exactly where the bike was located, but I often wonder if it is still there.



  1. Interesting! We are headed to New York next week so I will definitely look for ghost bikes!

  2. Thanks Jan, hopefully there aren't too many of these around - after all they do mark the sites of fatal accidents, so the more ghost bikes you see the more fatal accidents have taken place.

    Enjoy New York :-)


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