Ghost bikes

Discussion in 'transport' started by goldenecitrone, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. goldenecitrone

    goldenecitrone post tenebras lux

    Anyone seen these? There's one on the junction in Stokey where a woman was crushed by a lorry several weeks back. Personally I think they're a great idea. Better than a few wilting flowers.

    http://www.ghostbikes.org/
     
  2. braindancer

    braindancer not for long

    Ah so that's what they are... There is one on essex road outside mosquito bikes...

    At first I thought it must have belonged to some uber-trendy fixie rider who had sourced entirely white components - but then I noticed that bits were going missing so was a bit mystified.
     
  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It's a nice tribute.

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  4. Paulie Tandoori

    Paulie Tandoori shut it you egg!

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    This is the one on the junction of Kingsland Road and Middleton Road, for Anthony Smith, killed over the summer.
     
  5. tendril

    tendril Leave your money on the dresser

    Well sorry to bump a really old thread but there are only 3 with this in the title.

    I travel in on the CS7 and have seen a newly placed ghost bike on the northbank junction of Southwark Bridge Rd (Link to still from GoogleMaps taken prior to the bike being there). There were flowers and cards and it looked fairly recent so I had a closer look. One of the cards was addressed to a Sebastion. Makes it all the more real when there are messages there. I cross this junction daily and have seen many near misses. There is an article from last year that mentions the junction on the southbank.

    Ghost bikes are an important reminder for the rest of us (cyclists and motor vehicle drivers) to take care. Perhaps we could list all the ones we know about as a useful tool. Forwarned is forarmed.
     
  6. girasol

    girasol Ubuntu

    I used to think they were 'art' (I had only seen one in Streatham), until someone pointed out to me what they were actually for :(
     
  7. tendril

    tendril Leave your money on the dresser

    The important thing is you know now. Spread the awareness = safer cycling.
     
  8. Roadkill

    Roadkill Well-Known Member

    There's one in Greenwich, on the corner of Vanbrugh Hill and the Woolwich Road. There's a plaque with it, and flowers that are changed regularly. It's been there for a couple of years now. The victim was a lady who went up the inside of a lorry. Whether it was turning left or not I don't know, but either way she ended up trapped between it and the railings. :(
     
  9. tendril

    tendril Leave your money on the dresser

    Any chance of posting a link to goolemaps or something. It would be nice to have the exact locations of these for all our safety. I'll do links to the ones above from the original postings.

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    Ghost bikes above:


     
  10. Roadkill

    Roadkill Well-Known Member

    I don't know how to post one! As I said, it's on the corner of Vanbrugh Hill and Woolwich Road. It's not a notably dangerous junction AFAIK.

    Come to think of it, there was another one at the junction under the Blackwall Tunnel flyover on the edge of Charlton a couple of years ago, but I think that one's gone now.
     
  11. tendril

    tendril Leave your money on the dresser

  12. abe11825

    abe11825 Like to take a cement fix

    To be honest, I like this sort of tribute far better than just the crucifixes or flowers you see at crash sites. Even though this is the first time I've read about it, it makes sense. Yes, it can be mistaken as some art deco piece, but once you get close enough to the plaque or cards, you get the idea of why it's there. Good on the person who thought this up. Very well done.
     
  13. tendril

    tendril Leave your money on the dresser

    Once you've seen one you very soon start noticing them all over the place. They outlast flowers and card tributes too, thereby constantly reminding us to take it easy as there was a fatality in the area, a fact that we can easily forget on our dialy fuckfightfest getting in to work every day.
     
  14. past caring

    past caring The Cathars were right

    Actually killed eight years ago.
     
  15. tendril

    tendril Leave your money on the dresser

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  16. abe11825

    abe11825 Like to take a cement fix


    I bet it's more noticeable once you start seeing them. Like I said, I completely understand the concept, and actually like it. It helps put the issue in the forefront as why there are just some asshats on the road.
     
  17. Cid

    Cid 慢慢走

    Pass this one (Eilidh Cairns) when I cycle to work... Didn't see it today though, will have another look on the way back.

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  18. tendril

    tendril Leave your money on the dresser

    Is that on Cambridge Heath Rd?
     
  19. Boycey

    Boycey juvenile rave slut

    Notting hill gate
     
  20. braindancer

    braindancer not for long

    There's one on Dalston Junction and one where St. John Street (or possibly Goswell Road) meets Clerkenwell Road....
     
  21. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  22. plurker

    plurker tú no tienes la culpa mi amor que el mundo sea feo

    this is the one I'd like to repaint as it's looking shabby, but I can;t find any contact deets for the family of the person, and there's a whole can of worms about going 'i think you've let your memorial get shit, I'll sort it for you'
     
  23. tendril

    tendril Leave your money on the dresser

    I think you should just get up there and spray the bugger. I'm sure the family would be delighted if they knew someone cared enough to tart up their memorial.
     
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  24. tendril

    tendril Leave your money on the dresser

  25. plurker

    plurker tú no tienes la culpa mi amor que el mundo sea feo

    If I was sure, I'd have done it.
     
  26. tendril

    tendril Leave your money on the dresser

    Ah, but you're not me ;)
     
  27. Cid

    Cid 慢慢走

    Ah, I'd mentally shifted it 100 metres down the road to the next junction.
     
  28. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

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