Since it recently came up with the threat of sanitation removing them, it reminded me that film maker Meaghan Wilbur is making a piece about the ghost bikes.
Here is more info from her Kickstarter page:
“meaghan, why are you making this film?
posted on June 1
I’ve been answering this question a lot over the past year. At first, I had trouble articulating all the reasons. There are a lot of good reasons. The big one that I kept blurting out instinctively was “Because people should know that this is happening.” I started this film project partly as a response to repeatedly being asked, “What is a ghost bike? Why bother to do this?”
After a year of talking to many people about their ghost bike experiences, I’ve learned a lot about cycling issues in different cities in the U.S., Europe, and South America. Talking about ghost bikes opens up conversations about all sorts of advocacy issues. You can’t talk about a cyclist’s death without describing the circumstances that contributed to it, and very often these deaths could have been prevented. I’m not referring to assigning blame to drivers or cyclists, I’m talking about redesigning streets and attitudes to enable everyone to have safe passage on the road.”
I caught this video from miamibikescene.blogspot.com about a ghost bike being made for the hit and run killing of < a href="http://miamibikescene.blogspot.com/2010/01/key-biscayne-memorial-ride.html"> Christophe Le Canne, which heavily impacted the local Miami cycling community.
Tomorrow is another installment of the Museum’s ongoing series of talks on the Bespoke Bicycle. A couple of weeks ago it was the future of the bicycle, from a city development point of view. This time around its about the bicycle as the object and the handbuilt movement. Here is more about the event tomorrow:
The Future of Bikes: Bikes as Object
Thursday, June 24th at 7:00 PM
Free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission
As part of the Future of Bikes series, this panel discussion brings together designers of hand-built, mass-produced and alternative material bicycles to discuss the varieties of process and practices found in contemporary bike design. Presentations will be given by Johnny Coast (Coast Cycles), Marty Odlin (Bamboo Bike Studio), Peter Reich (Swift Folding Bikes), and Steve Baumann (Industrial Design Director of Trek Bicycles). A group discussion will follow with moderator Dave Perry, owner of Bike Works on Ridge St, NYC, and author of Bike Cult.
Space is limited, reservations suggested: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come early if you haven’t seen the Bespoke art exhibit showing off a bunch of handbuilt bicycles. The museum closes at 9:00, so you won’t get too much time to see it if you are coming for the panel, which usually ends around 8:45pm.
Also, check your bags. Big packs and bags are not allowed in the exhibit floor.
The city heard the outcries of families of loved ones killed by motor vehicles and decided not to remove the ghost bike memorials.
NY Daily News story: City nixes plan to remove ‘ghost bike’ tributes after outcry from families of dead cyclists
BY Frank Lombardi and Katie Nelson
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Monday, June 21st 2010, 6:54 PM City hall has nixed a plan to yank the poignant “Ghost Bike” tributes after an outcry from the families of the dead cyclists they memorialized.
Painted white and chained to signposts and fences near where New Yorkers were run down, the bikes were to be removed come September under a Sanitation Department plan revealed exclusively Monday in The News.
“A memorial bicycle (ghost rider) will only be removed … if the memorial bicycle meets the derelict bicycle criteria,” the department said in a statement Monday. That means if the memorial bike is in bad shape – missing tires, handlebars, or pedals – it still may be clipped from its post.
The original removal plan was to give a 30-day notice and then, no matter what, trash the bikes that were put up by the Street Memorial Project, a community group. The city’s sudden change of heart was welcome news to the families of the dead cyclists.
Still one week left.
Another thing I should have posted earlier. I was contacted by the Jewish Museum and alerted of this special offer they are having for cyclists in support of everyone’s favorite monkey on a bike: Curious George.
Here is a press release with the details:
Hello, Iâ€™m Rebecca Wallis, the public relations intern at The Jewish Museum. This month, we have a special promotion for bicyclists in support of our special exhibition Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey. In June of 1940, Curious George creators Margret and H. A. Rey escaped Nazi-occupied France by bicycle. To commemorate this journey, The Jewish Museum is offering $2 off of admission to anyone who rides a bicycle to the museum this month. We believe your readers would be interested in this promotion.
Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey is on view through August 1st, and features nearly 80 original drawings for Margret and H. A. Rey’s childrenâ€™s books and documentation related to their escape from Nazi-occupied Europe. Both creators were born in Hamburg, Germany, to Jewish families and lived together in Paris from 1936 to 1940. Hours before the Nazis marched into the city in June 1940, the Reys fled on bicycles carrying drawings for their childrenâ€™s stories including one about the famous and lovable monkey.
I got this email from Jared Pereira describing his girlfriends bike was recently stolen:
My girlfriends bike was stolen this weekend right off of 23rd street btw 2nd and 3rd, right in front of the SVA building. It was a specialized woman’s medium cream colored hybrid bike. Here’s a picture of it.
I understand that there is a very slim chance of recovering the bike, but it can’t hurt to put the word out.
If you have any information on this bike email: email@example.com
Universities and schools in NYC seem to be rampant targets for theft. If you are attending these institutions and have a bike stolen you should try and work with security and see if you can acquire video surveillance footage. If you receive a lot of flack for this, you should definitely complain to the administration and question why they even have security in the first place if its not going to be used to help the students. It is good to set a precedence that theft is occurring at the school and begin a discussion about policy. Also, with all bike thefts, it is a good idea to get a police report no matter the condition or value of the stolen bike. The cops won’t be eager to help you with this kind of paper work but its worth perusing in principle and in case of identity purposes. There is a good chance your stolen bike will quickly be turned around on the street for fast cash and likely be acquired by restaurants who do food delivery. Be on the look-out. Don’t be afraid to confront the delivery person directly if you see them using your property. Chances are they won’t put up a fight and be well aware of their actions. Also complain to the business that uses employees who by stolen property. Might not even hurt to put this information on a rating website such as Yelp. This may be where the police report comes in handy to prove ownership of the bike and that it was indeed stolen. Also it is a good idea to take a photo of your ride in advance and keep that documentation in a safe place.
I am asking people who’ve been the victims of bike theft to post to the Brooklyn Bike and Board stolen bike registry. Like me, they are trying to be a resource for people to post bike thefts as written documentation and for the purpose of getting them back.
Here are a couple of other thefts that were sent to me:
Stolen: 6/14/10 I was wondering if you can help me. this is my 2nd bike stolen in 2 years and I’m so upset.
I parked it on a pole today 6/14 at 8:25 am. Just looked out the window at 1:50 pm and saw it missing.It was a dark ink midnight blue BIANCHI. Men’s bike. It was from Syd’s bikes. It had seat and wheel locks. Most distinctly it had a basket on the back.
Just caught a bike thief red handed 2 weeks ago but he got away (and i have his clippers to prove it).
Also I received this one. (sorry to post so late) I just had my bike stolen from 2 Astor Place in front of the Astor Place Barbers. It was locked, lock was gone with the bike when I got back outside. It is a blue GT Transeo 3.0 with shocks on the front and toe clip pedals. Picture is attached and it is a hybrid, upright bike. On the right handle, the plastic box that covers the cables for shifting is cracked open. I have the seat with me so there is a good chance the bike is seatless. Please call Ryan at 646.548.4700 if you see it. Thank you.
OLD SCHOOL HIP HOP DANCE RIDE!
7pm Tompkins Sq Park
Dress funky fresh and ready to bust a move
Hey you. Yeah, you, looking so good on that bike, or unicycle. You on those roller blades, or that long-board. You, loving yourself, your streets, your city, and your community. Its summer! After a week recovering from that epic WNBR, I think I am not the only one ready to roll out together again! Below are some suggestions to maximize your good times in the coming weeks. Spread the word (FB pleez!), spread the love…
Quick, someone start a Facebook page called: “open letter to NYC sanitation: ghostbikes are NOT eyesores.”
Article in NY Daily News:
Sanitation Department wants to remove ‘eyesore’ bike-death memorials
BY ADAM LISBERG, EDGAR SANDOVAL AND KATHLEEN LUCADAMO
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Monday, June 21st 2010, 4:00 AM
The city says it’s time to give up the ghost.
Ghost bikes, painted white and chained to street signs, light posts and fences as tributes to New Yorkers killed by cars, could soon be cut from their hallowed spots under a new city plan.
Seriously, this is part of the continued lack of respect for cycling in NYC.
The city should encourage this memorial and not treat it like eyesores. It’s the least it can do for these people and there families in the absense of any investigation into these deaths or making substantial policy change. Why not work with the bicycling community and at least put in memorial bike racks. Something. Same thing with abandoned bikes. The city refuses to enforce on bike theft, then takes a hard line when bikes get stripped and calls it eyesores. What really needs to happen is cyclists need to become more organized as a voting block and tell politicians how we really want this city. Let’s form a cyclist party.
Closing commemorative bicycle ride and reception for â€˜Strong Backs, Weak Minds, the saga of the Coney Island Velodromeâ€™
NY Bike Jumble and the Old Stone House announce the closing reception of the â€˜Strong Backs, Weak Mindsâ€™ exhibition, preceded by a mellow bicycle ride from the Old Stone House to the former site of the Coney Island Velodrome.
Riders will meet at 1PM, in front of the Old Stone House in JJ Byrne/Washington Park and will return at 4pm. The ride will go along as many Brooklyn Greenways as possible, as a tribute to Brooklyn Greenway, a sponsor of the exhibit. A reception will be held from 4pm to 6pm at which visitor can see the exhibit as well as nibble on the refreshments that will be served.
The Coney Island Velodrome was opened on July 19th 1930, as the world slipped towards Depression and War. Already, the popularity of cycling, having peaked in the early 1920â€™s, was waning and the construction of a 10,000 seat bicycle racing arena was an act of supreme optimism. Regardless, the track soldiered on as the last velodrome in America to offer the thrills and chills of motor paced racing, where the riders would race behind motorcycles to attain speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour.
The exhibit features actual bikes that were raced on the track, as well as photos, programs, tickets and other ephemera, including a special â€˜Stayerâ€™ bike for motor paced racing as well as New York built track bikes from long forgotten builders such as Alvin Drysdale.This will be the last chance to see the exhibit before it goes online.
The New York Bike Jumble is an organization that promotes cycling in New York through the hosting of bicycle flea markets and through celebrating the long history of cycling in this city. Please visit www.nybikejumble.com for more info.
Just a reminder, Sunday is Father’s day and there is a classic road racing event in Harlem.
Here is a press release I was sent:
Rockstar Games, the venerable publisher of the Grand Theft Auto series and Red Dead Redemption, is proud to present the 37th annual Harlem Cycling Classic. Founded by the late David Walker, an NYPD Community Affairs Officer, the event celebrates health, fitness, and the vibrant Harlem neighborhood. The day begins with races for amateurs and professionals alike, as well live performances by DJ Lance Rock of Yo Gabba Gabba! and hip-hop icons Biz Markie and Mister Cee. Adding to the atmosphere will be New York Cityâ€™s celebrated Wafels & Dinges and Frites & Meats food trucks for all in attendance and Jumbotron screens highlighting the dayâ€™s events.
The event will take place this Sunday, June 20 at Marcus Garvey Park, located at 121st Street and Fifth Avenue. Festivities begin at noon and will last until 6:00pm