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ODOT has removed Brett Jarolimek’s ghost bike: Here’s why

Thursday, December 15th, 2011
A ghost bike for Brett Jarolimek (L) has been removed by ODOT.


Ghost bike, recovered by TriMet operator, now returned

Friday, November 26th, 2010
The ghost bike at SE Cesar Chavez Blvd and Salmon St (photo taken a few hours ago).
(Photo © J. Maus)


How a ghost bike ended up in TriMet’s lost and found

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
A ghost bike from southeast Portland that was stolen and then recovered by a TriMet bus operator sits in lost and found at the Center Garage.
(Photo: Bob Cummings)


Filmmaker visits Portland and Vancouver to document ghost bikes

Monday, June 14th, 2010
Filmmaker Meaghan Wilbur
(Photo: Marcus Griffith)

New York City independent film maker and bike enthusiast Meaghan Wilbur is in Portland and Vancouver this week filming interviews for her ghost bike documentary, a project she says is about “exploring the intersection of street art, activism, and mourning on the streets of cities around the world.”

In an interview Friday night, the gregarious 27 year-old talked about her project and her motivations. “I hope to expand people’s horizons; I want everyone to understand what a ghost bike stands for.” However, in her quest, Wilbur is being mindful of the inherent sensitivity surrounding the subject. “When I started [the ghost bike project], I didn’t want to be in people’s face while they were grieving… Right now, I am focusing on connecting with people and letting them share their stories.” (more…)

Church will give Tracey Sparling’s ghost bike a permanent home

Thursday, April 8th, 2010
Tracey Sparling's Ghost Bike-2
Tracey Sparling’s ghost bike, as it
stood on the corner of W. Burnside and
14th from October 2007 to October 2009.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The ghost bike that served as a memorial to Tracey Sparling, the 19-year old art student who was struck and killed by a cement truck on W. Burnside back in 2007, will become part of a permanent shrine in St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in downtown Portland.

The bike will be installed along with a plaque in the Portland Bicycle Shrine that the church dedicated last year. A ceremony will be held in conjunction with the event this Tuesday (4/13) at 5:30 pm. (more…)

In DC: Alice Swanson’s ghost bike

Monday, December 22nd, 2008
Alice’s ghost bike at 20th and R Street in Washington, DC (Photos by Elly Blue)


A missing ghost bike and thoughts of a permanent memorial

Friday, April 18th, 2008
Interstate and Greeley-1.jpg
(Photo © J. Maus)

As many readers have already noticed, the ghost bike for Brett Jarolimek at N. Interstate and Greeley has gone missing — again.

Back in February, a confused thief took the bike, only to return it soon after with an apologetic note.

This time, the bike has been stashed along the side of the N Greeley Avenue about a mile away and the mementos at the site have been strewn about in bushes nearby. (more…)

Ghost bike returned, thief ‘truly sorry’

Friday, February 15th, 2008
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The bike is back, with a letter from the thief.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Yesterday’s case of the mysterious disappearance of Brett Jarolimek’s ghost bike at N. Interstate and Greeley has come to an unexpected close.
Just a few hours after my story, I got an email and a phone call from local TV news crews who had sent reporters out to investigate. They were surprised to find the ghost bike back in its place. But the interesting thing is that, wedged into the rear wheel of the bike is a note from the thief that reads: (more…)

Update: Ghost bike missing, returned by thief

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

*Read this story for the update.*

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Only flowers and mementos remain.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The ghost bike for Brett Jarolimek has gone missing, and the disappearance is most likely the work of pranksters or thieves who want to sell it for scrap.

The memorial, which was chained to a traffic pole on N. Interstate Ave. just north of Greeley, was not only a tragic reminder of Brett’s life and the community’s loss, but it served as a remembrance of Brett for his friends and the many commuters who pass by this location daily. (more…)

A ghost bike and a rally for Austin Miller

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
Bike safety advocates at a memorial gathering
earlier this evening for Austin Miller.
(Photos: Jim Parsons)

About 15-20 bike safety advocates held a brief rally tonight at the site of yesterday’s fatal bike/bus collision on SW Farmington Road just west of Murray Blvd.

Participants held signs and placed tea lights and flowers at a ghost bike that has been erected for 15 year-old Austin Miller. (more…)

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