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Chicago Ghost Bikes

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

Website: http://bikechicago.info/ghostbikes
Members: 52
Latest Activity: Jun 13

Please:

-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

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

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

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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.https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-us-canada-44746889…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

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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 Yasmeen on May 19, 2016 at 3:06pm

To answer your question, yes, it did occur to me which is why I posted the discussion here. I also posted the discussion here when I was seeking help for the ghost bike and the person that started this group never responded. 

Comment by Kevin C Dormant on May 19, 2016 at 2:59pm

Has it ever occurred to "the chainlink" that the "chainlink-er" who started this group might be a good resource?

Comment by Chicago Ride of Silence on May 19, 2016 at 2:48pm

In my experience, many folks who ride have friends who ride and they point the way OR just do it themselves -- as was the case in many of the ghost bikes that still exist. When needed, folks in this ghost bike community step up and rally to make it happen. And a simple google search of Chicago ghost bikes would link you to this site: http://bedno.com/body/bike/ghostbikes/links

So - it's not hard for someone trying to find information to get to it.

Comment by Yasmeen on May 19, 2016 at 2:32pm

Thanks Elizabeth, I think this is a good discussion to have. You mention it being "unofficially official". If I was a family member and needed help creating and installing a ghost bike, where would I begin? How would I know how to get started? 

Comment by MJ E. on May 19, 2016 at 2:07pm

I didn't catch the gentleman's name, but someone was talking to Jay's widow last night about how they work to find the families and place the bike as soon as possible. So it seems like the group is still active, however I don't know who the players are there or how active they are on the Chainlink.

Comment by Chicago Ride of Silence on May 19, 2016 at 2:05pm

Some ghost bikes are created by the community when asked, some by friends/family of a loved one. I think this community works well as is -- unofficially official. The Ride of Silence always acknowledges our city's ghost bikes, but can never promise inclusion on a route in any given year. We can and are happy to advocate for the bike's placement.

Comment by Yasmeen on May 19, 2016 at 1:24pm

When I was contacted by Jay's widow about having a ghost bike created in his memory, I wondered if there might be a need for a bigger conversation about ghost bikes. If there was an organized group that creates and maintains the ghost bikes, I am wondering if it is still active? I think it'd be helpful for families to have a contact and a process we can share with them. The same group could coordinate with the alderman, the family, and notify the Ride of Silence so they can add it to their route. Any thoughts? Any volunteers?

Comment by Andrew Bedno on July 29, 2015 at 3:25pm

ChicagoTribune has published an uncredited plagiarism of my hard work a best possible accounting of bikes both currently and previously installed map of ghostbikes with some supplemental and article content at:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-map-chicago-ghost-bikes-20150...

Comment by Chicago Ride of Silence on May 14, 2015 at 6:36pm

Ride of Silence requests your assistance to check on the condition of a few of the ghost bikes before this year's Ride (on May 20).

Also - is there a ghost bike (or has there been a request for one) for the Aimer Robledo at 4700 W. Division? (full story http://chi.streetsblog.org/2015/01/05/hit-and-run-driver-killed-cyc...

Thanks!

Comment by Andrew Bedno on April 21, 2015 at 7:21pm

Recent missing GB's report.  Got a letter from someone using the maps and info on my site (which I'll update later) as follows:

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Hi Andrew!

I'm working on a project for an Art as Activism class at Northeastern on Ghost Bikes. I used your website to visit all the bikes in Chicago that were listed as still being up. Thank you SO much for compiling that information. It's been VERY useful. I wanted to let you know that I wasn't able to find three bikes that were listed as still being up:
 
- Jepson Livingston
- Dion Harris
- Rob Heinbockel
 
I don't know if you are still following this project or not, but if you are,  I was wondering if you knew what might have happened to them. When I talked to the Park Manager at Kosciuszo Park about Jepson Livingston's bike, she said it may have been taken down when the City did construction on Diversey a few years ago since it hasn't been there in a while. I wasn't able to confirm this yet, but thought maybe you might have some insight as to whether or not that was an unusual practice of the City to do. I know there was also recent construction on Grand/near North where Dion Harris' bike is supposed to be. According to a shop worker near Rob Heinbockel's bike (or where it's supposed to be) the bike hasn't been there in about four years.  
 
Thanks for any insight you can provide! And again, thank you for making the information about the bikes available on-line. It's really been helpful.

Best,
Mary Kroeck

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