ghost bikes

Update: Ghost bike missing, returned by thief

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 14th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

*Read this story for the update.*

Brett's Ghost Bike is gone-2.jpg

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.[Read more…]

A ghost bike and a rally for Austin Miller

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 12th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

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.[Read more…]

A ghost bike for Brett

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 23rd, 2007 at 12:44 am

Late Monday night, a ghost bike was placed at the scene of yesterday’s fatal collision

(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

Read remembrances of Brett Jarolimek.

A Ghost Bike appears at scene of tragedy

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 12th, 2007 at 1:22 am


The Ghost Bike at
W. Burnside and 14th.
(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

I just returned from the scene of today’s incident.

I spent the last several hours just being at the intersection where this tragedy occurred. I rode in the bike lane where the 19 year-old Salem woman last rode, I talked with passersby. But mostly, I just sat and thought.

Then, just before midnight, I watched two local cyclists chain a Ghost Bike to the pole.

Now, just a few feet from the fateful collision, there is a stark reminder that “A cyclist was killed here”.
[Read more…]

Ghost bike installed for Nick

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 6th, 2007 at 6:41 pm

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Three more Ghost Bikes installed

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 27th, 2005 at 11:51 pm

Eight cyclists showed up Wedsnesday night for a second round of Ghost Bike installs. Three more bikes were put up which brings the total to nine since the memorial for Chris Burris went up on MLK and Wygant in early September. I’ve got photos of them here.

Below is a list of all current Ghost Bike locations:

  • NE 80th and Fremont
  • NE 106th and Weidler
  • NE 126th and Halsey
  • SE Belmont and 40th (2 bikes)
  • SE 49th and Stark
  • NE Sandy and 37th (I-84 W. bound onramp)
  • NE Killingsworth and 9th
  • NE MLK and Wygant

I’d like to post the riders names with each location, but I’m not sure on all of them. I’ll update this post with that information as soon as I find out. Keep your eyes on for more information.

More ghost bikes emerge overnight

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 20th, 2005 at 12:59 am

ghost bike PDX

Last night, five ghost bikes were placed in four locations around the city. Eight cyclists showed up in SE Portland to load their bike trailers with the white bikes, signs and tools to install them. According to reports, onlookers were very curious and everyone was supportive.

Here’s a quote from someone on the ride:

“Ghost bikes are something I had wanted to get going a long time ago…I must say it felt so good to see the bikes installed, I felt a great deal of relief actually, I had been searching for a way to make a difference and at last it was happening.”

The group behind the effort has just posted a temporary website at

Check out some photos of all the ghost bikes installed so far.

Ghost bike effort picks up steam

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 22nd, 2005 at 8:56 am

Ghost Bike - MLK & Wygant

The local “Ghost Bike” effort is coming together. Several people in the bike community have been working hard to create the memorials and place them at the sites of fallen cyclists.

The Portland Observer was first to report the Ghost Bike for Chris Burris, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Sept. 3rd. The Willamette Week has already also noticed the latest installation on MLK and Wygant which was erected by the brother of the victim. The Oregonian also had something to say in today’s paper. Joseph Rose, who wrote the article in the O was inspired to write the story after he and his 11-year-old daughter were nearly hit by a car on their bike ride to school.

There is also talk of reviving the website which is currently offline. Local volunteers are talking with the site’s owners about how to get the it running again and possibly have it become a national Ghost Bike portal site, with links to each city’s effort and general information about the movement.

I love the Ghost Bike idea, but I wonder what other people in the community think about them. I’m curious if anyone will have a negative reaction to these installations and what the response will be from the larger community once more of them are put up.

What do you think about Ghost Bikes? Are they effective, pointless, vandalism, art?

[Here are several more photos of the ghost bike on MLK & Wygant]