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Old 08-18-11, 05:08 PM   #1
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ghost bikes question

so if a bike is spray painted white and locked to a bike post, that means someone has died there right? now what if the bike is spray painted another colour, like pink or light blue, is it still a death bike or is it something else (why else would someone spray paint a bike and leave it out locked in public?), cause i seen some of this in toronto and let me tell you it is confusing. what is the answer?
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Is there a sign anywhere?

16 y/o kid died here.

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That's the the idea. A white bike is a memorial.

If somebody painted a bike another color maybe it's some personal thing but not a recognized symbol.
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I've never seen, nor heard of such a thing.
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I've never seen, nor heard of such a thing.
I'm not sure where it started. An urban area like Washington, DC I think. But very similar to what I see (and has recently started to be regulated in some places) to roadside memorials of flowers and crosses for motor vehicle fatalities.

Early edit: This site claims they started in St. Lous, MO and here's the Wiki.

Here's a link about the banning of roadside memorials.
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i've seen those around Austin but never knew what they ment.Now i know.
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I too have never heard of this before. How long do they stay before road maintenance removes them?
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the answer is: it's art

http://www.blogto.com/arts/2011/06/n...e_art_project/
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I too have never heard of this before. How long do they stay before road maintenance removes them?
Currently in many areas of the US there is no money available to fund road maintenance so they can be there a while.

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I think the ghost bike practice is fantastic. It makes road users think when they pass one. These shots are pulled from the web, they are about a ghost bike placed along one or my commute routes in my town in memory of a young man who was killed by a hit and run driver earlier this year.

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Back to Ghost Bikes: I haven't seen any around Metro Indy but am aware of the practice and agree that if it's not painted white, then it could mean anything or nothing.
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We've placed two in the last year, one for a friend of mine. They were all white.

One of the owners of a local LBS along with a local cycling advocate were involved in supplying and painting the ghost bike and arranging the placement ceremonies. There was a huge turnout for both of the placement cerimonies. The first bike stayed in place for a couple of weeks, the other for more than a month. The city allowed them to stay in place for a time and contacted these guys to remove them after a while.
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I had to delete the political comments or the thread would get moved to P&R.

Let's keep the topic as the OP intended.
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I like these, Like Uban legend pointed out, it's an art project. It started with someone painting an abandoned bike outside the OCAD student gallery. There's one near my place at Dundas and Parliament.
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These have been around a long time,I understand where this comes from and we as bike riders,need to keep people aware,but it's kind of creepy.

A friend of mine died in a airplane crash,should I paint his propeller and set it out....Just kind of creepy....I'm not sure I want to ride by his propeller everyday either.....I love him and miss him greatly but.....

What if everybody put some kind of memorial out for this or that.....After awhile it starts looking like all the roads to Vlad the Impaler's house.....I don't know,really kind of creepy....

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I understand where this comes from,but it's kind of creepy.A friend of mine died in a airplane crash,should I paint his plane and set it out?......Maybe just the propeller....Just kind of creepy....What if everybody put some kind of memorial out for this or that....I don't know,really kind of creepy.....
Interestingly enough, in the Army, when an aviation accident occurs, we placed "Broken Rotors". Sometimes at the site, sometimes at the unit HQ.

It's supposed to be creepy. It's supposed to make you stop and think. That's the entire point. Just like the white crosses on the side of the road, denoting where a motorist died.
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I had to delete the political comments or the thread would get moved to P&R.

Let's keep the topic as the OP intended.
Thank You. My bad.
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In South Dakota, we have these signs all over the state marking where people died in vehicle accidents. The signs are only placed with permission from the victim's family. When they come down due to construction or other reasons, they are only replaced upon the family's specific request.

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In Arizona, road side memorials are allowed by law. There is a ghost bike west of town that, I believe, will never be taken down. It's attached to a highway sign and has been there for a couple of years.

Never heard of any other color but white for one though.
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In Arizona, road side memorials are allowed by law. There is a ghost bike west of town that, I believe, will never be taken down. It's attached to a highway sign and has been there for a couple of years. Never heard of any other color but white for one though.
Orange one in here:

http://www.google.com/search?q=arizo...2&ved=0CB0QsAQ
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I like this one:

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This thread seems to be proof that people can respond to a thread based on the title alone.
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This thread seems to be proof that people can respond to a thread based on the title alone.
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The mangled ghost bikes are extra sad to me.
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This was the first one I saw. It was at the corner of 5th and L Streets in downtown Sacramento. I don't think it was there very long, as it was removed not too long after I took this picture.


This one is still standing. It is in front of the CSUS campus in Sacramento.

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