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Chicago Ghost Bikes


Chicago Ghost Bikes

This group is intended to be used as a tool for tracking information and getting ghost bikes made and placed.

Members: 52
Latest Activity: Jun 13


-start a separate discussion to collect information on, discuss, and plan for each victim.

-take the time, if possible, to assist by helping track down missing information or details.

-try to post information to pertinent discussions rather than to the comment wall, so we can find it down the road, or otherwise stated, avoid posting discussion to the comment wall for which there is a discussion thread started.

-feel free to add past victims who were never memorialized, or start discussions about existing ghost bikes and/or their victims.

Discussion Forum

Leanid Belabarody, 53, Ashland and Noble, 10/31/2012 4 Replies


Started by h' Zerocats. Last reply by Tom A.K. Oct 31, 2018.

Jacqueline Marie Michon, 25, Wabash/Wacker, Aug 5 2011 5 Replies


Started by h' Zerocats. Last reply by Tom A.K. Jul 26, 2018.

Too many Ghost Bikes in Toronto?

Sharing a recent article about the Ghost Bike situation in Toronto. Sad.…Continue

Started by Tom A.K. Jul 16, 2018.

Chicago 2017 Cycling Fatalities: 8* (*1 transit-related) - Ride of Silence Tomorrow Night 5-16-18 1 Reply

'Chicago Ghost Bikes / Ghost Bikes Chicago' - Cycling Community Group(s) Chicago 2017 Cycling Fatalities: 8* (*1- transit-related) +REST IN…Continue

Started by Tom A.K.. Last reply by Tom A.K. May 15, 2018.

Joseph Korner, 78, 3559 North Lincoln, November 6, 2014 7 Replies

Joseph Korner, 78, 3559 North Lincoln, November 6, 2014Hi, I'm hoping for a little help. I was contacted this morning by Lindy Korner, widow of cyclist Joseph Korner who was bicycling north near 3559 North Lincoln in Lakeview when he was hit by a…Continue

Started by Yasmeen. Last reply by Yasmeen Jul 1, 2016.

Question concerning maintenance 4 Replies

Hello everyone,     I was wondering if permission is needed to do a little maintenance/upkeep on an already existing Ghost Bike.  I don't want to change anything about it, just clean around it, add a new coat of paint, maybe add some flowers. …Continue

Started by Dion McGill. Last reply by Tom A.K. Sep 6, 2015.

Ghost bikes taken down? 5 Replies

Advance apologies: new to the community. A while back in December I was biking to various ghost bike locations. A friend of mine started cataloging personal stories and encounters with ghost bikes in San Fransisco and I was looking to do the same in…Continue

Started by Bonnie Fantastic. Last reply by Andrew Bedno Feb 10, 2015.

Frederick Kobrick, 30, 18th/Racine, 8/23/2011 11 Replies


Started by h' Zerocats. Last reply by h' Zerocats Jan 31, 2015.

Ghost bikes taken down?

Advance apologies: new to the community.  A while back in December I was biking to various ghost bike locations. A friend of mine started cataloging personal stories and encounters with ghost bikes in San Fransisco and I was looking to do the same…Continue

Started by Bonnie Fantastic Jan 28, 2015.

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Comment by Andrew Bedno on November 20, 2010 at 4:50pm
1. We've put a sign on the Lincoln/Damen/Irving bike (shown below) to whit:
This is a "Ghost Bike" memorial.
We're hoping you plan to reinstall it when construction is done.
In case of questions, please contact 773/710-4143

2. Just got the last bit of backstory I've long wonder about. "9087" on Amanda Annis' bike's sign is the number of days she was alive. Calculated by the bereaved fiancée.

3. Let's act on some of the recent months' victims (forumed above). Further, a fellow car-hater recently argued that even the male killed a few months back crossing an expressway (not forumed above) should be a candidate, citing that monstrous scar of tar with no better crossing options as the cause, not foolhardiness.
Comment by Andrew Bedno on November 9, 2010 at 1:49pm
2010.11.07 Condition Review: Post-ride story from Sunday needs a modest write-up for which I have no time this hour. Overall they're fine! But wanted to immediately note the condition of Lincoln/Damen/Irving (Lynch)

Due to construction along that corner's curb, the entire bike rack with bike attached have been pulled out of the concrete and carried whole a few dozen feet northwest, and leaned on a tree. The bike's OK, but the assembly is in limbo.
Optimistically, it could be that when fresh concrete is poured along that sidewalk (if not already), the rack will be re-placed in it. But I worry.

If we want to be sure that bike stays, could someone with time take it upon themselves to visit the corner, or make some calls, to find someone involved in the construction / planning there for dialog?

Hope the photo below is readily comprehensible, it was dark. Should this be cross-posted to the Yahoo group? Or have they been told to come here enough times.

Comment by h' Zerocats on November 6, 2010 at 11:58pm
Oops, wrote that before I saw your comment re: maintenance.
Comment by h' Zerocats on November 6, 2010 at 11:57pm
Andrew Bedno has organized a tour of the Ghost Bikes tomorrow:

It looks like a lot of great work and research has gone into the ride-- come on out if you can.

One request- I don't live on the north side and rarely see most of the bikes (and can't take it tomorrow):

-Isai, Western and Armitage-- I righted the front wheel today, but if you should happen to see it has been knocked sideways, please take a moment to right it.

-Tyler, Logan/Western: The sign has recently got covered with bird droppings. Please bring some sort of wipes if possible, or some sort of spray (even water will help) and clean it if you're willing.

Both: Once they were placed the bikes became property of all of you and everyone else who calls this city home, but if I may offer my preference I think the bikes are best oriented slightly diagonal to their respective intersections-- I often find that they've been adjusted perfectly in-line with traffic flow, and while the details are going to be readable to very few drivers regardless, I think the ability to see that there is a name on the sign and get the general idea that it's a memorial/marker is of benefit to drivers on both cross streets (I repositioned Tyler's bike today).
Also, I don't know if this is something Andrew wants to happen during the ride, but please feel free to show up any time with some white spray paint and touch up as needed, as long as provisions are made to keep overspray off the sign.


Comment by Andrew Bedno on November 4, 2010 at 1:26am
I've posted updated notes of interest on the tour this Sunday, and ...
Maintenance assumed as always needed is smart. Some critical supplies and tools will of course be brought.
Comment by h' Zerocats on October 19, 2010 at 5:32pm
Oh, I see.
I don't see much value in having documentation of maintenance needs-- we can assume that all of the bikes are in need of maintenance.
Ideally they'd bring some paint, bungees, duct tape, wire, etc. and actually do some maintenance on this ride.
Comment by E A on October 19, 2010 at 5:19pm
Comment by h' Zerocats on October 18, 2010 at 4:23pm
What is the Chicago Ghost Bikes ride?
Comment by Chicago Ride of Silence on October 18, 2010 at 12:53pm
Just found out about the Chicago Ghost Bikes Ride -- which could be a great time to assess the condition of each bike and keep on top of each bike's maintenance - maybe even designating certain folks to check up on the bikes regularly.
Comment by h' Zerocats on October 17, 2010 at 9:16pm
My feeling is that late winter/early spring is a good time to schedule some build days and get bikes prepared to place, and that the Ride of Silence provides a good "deadline" to work towards. Feel free to initiate any time though.
Most of the current bikes are badly in need of maintenance again.
I saw Isai's bike from the bus today (Western/Armitage) and someone's knocked the fork halfway out again.

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