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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Ghost Bike: "Not Just to Mourn, But to Demand Change"

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On a cool and drizzly-rainy morning we had a Ghost Bike ride for Arthur Bell. It was wonderful that so any folks came out, often from a distance, to commemorate the death on State Bike Route A.

The Hopewell Township (Beaver County) police department was wonderful. They added a completely different level of safety on a reduced-visibility morning and this road is marginal in ideal conditions.

Cyclists used ribbons (some bearing wishes) as armbands during the ride, and carried them to the Ghost Bike Dedication. In the photo below, siblings of the deceased tied their ribbons to the ghost bike.

After the dedication, the cyclists departed using an alternate route from Route51, which the Ohio River Trail is trying to get designated as Bike Route A. The first mile was bumpy, but it was a much safer and more relaxed ride. I think a few of the riders were surprised that you can get through that way.

Photo by PaulH

After the ride the Ghost Bike was placed at the accident scene. I took the chance to go through the messages that I could read (some of the ribbons were tightly rolled and the message wasn't visible). They were clever and poignant. The one that rang my bell was, "Not Just to Mourn but to Demand Change.

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