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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: 44
Latest Activity: on Friday


-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 2 Replies


Started by h' Zerocats. Last reply by Tom A.K. May 17.

Joseph Korner, 78, 3559 North Lincoln, November 6, 2014 6 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 Tom A.K. Apr 27.

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.

Hector Avalos, 28, December 6 2013, Western/Ogden 1 Reply

Cyclist Killed in Crash Was Marine, Dreamed of Being a ChefBy Tanveer Ali, Josh McGhee and…Continue

Started by h' Zerocats. Last reply by Bonnie Fantastic Jan 28, 2015.

Ronayne Thomas, 31, Ghost Bike Memorial to be on Sunday August 10 at Noon

Hi Ghost Bike Group & Chainlinkers,On Thursday June 26 2014, my cousin Ronayne Thomas was riding his bike across CTA train tracks and was struck and killed by a train. We are having a ghost bike memorial installed in his honor on Sunday August…Continue

Tags: bike, ghost

Started by Carlin Aug 7, 2014.

Shwuwei Yeh, 56, September 25 2013, Diehl Road and Freedom Drive, Naperville. 1 Reply

By Gary Gibula Special to the Tribune11:38 a.m. CDT, September 26, 2013A 56-year-old Naperville woman riding a bicycle died after she was struck by a pickup truck Wednesday morning at the intersection of Diehl Road and Freedom Drive in Naperville,…Continue

Started by h' Zerocats. Last reply by Jeff Schneider Jan 10, 2014.

Stanley Lorkiewicz, 72, September 23 2013, Milwaukee and Jonquil, Niles

Cops: Chicago bicyclist dies after 'minor' crash in NilesStaff report10:04 p.m. CDT, September 23, 2013A 72-year-old bicyclist died this morning after he was struck by a vehicle in a "minor accident" in north suburban Niles, officials said.Stanley…Continue

Started by h' Zerocats Dec 10, 2013.

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Comment by Yasmeen on Friday

From Lindy:
Meeting Planned for Crash Victim Families

My life was forever changed when my husband, Jay, was killed in 2014, struck from behind while riding his bicycle by a then 89-year-old driver returning home at dusk in a rental car after visiting his wife in a nursing home. A volatile combination of circumstances. On a well-lit major Chicago street he did not see the grown man on a large bicycle directly in front of him and, to this day, retains his license to drive.

I'm asking crash victims and families to join me to talk about forming a group to advocate for changes to make our streets safe (not just safer) for all bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers. Now would be an ideal time to channel our pain and anger to work with the Active Transportation Alliance and Chicago's Vision Zero initiatives and together speak with a strong and powerful voice - We all have the right to travel in safety, as well as the obligation to do our travels safely. When & Where: Wednesday, July 27, 6:00 pm Active Transportation Alliance 9 W. Hubbard St., Suite 402 Chicago 60654 No commitments, nothing formal, just an opportunity to talk and listen, learn and share, and see where we might want to go on from there.

Please contact me for more information or questions:

> Lindy Korner > 773-315-5995

Comment by Andrew Bedno on May 25, 2016 at 11:52am

I've added the new Joseph "Jay" Korner bike to my reference content.


G.Map (there are current 15 believed standing):

Comment by Yasmeen on May 19, 2016 at 4:00pm

Thanks, I'll go ahead and reach out to Howard via email.

Comment by Duppie on May 19, 2016 at 3:56pm
I've installed half a dozen ghost bikes over the years. To the best of my knowledge there was no dedicated group. Instead it was an ever changing group of individuals that was involved with preparation and installation. The only constant was the person who started this thread

Yasmeen, have you considered contacting him directly, instaed of through this board? He may not even get the messages ( I have shut off most of my email notifications)
Comment by Yasmeen on May 19, 2016 at 3:53pm

I don't think it will hurt to have a resource on The Chainlink with a page explaining the process, provided some contacts, etc. I am not sure if the same people are still involved. They did a wonderful job before but it's also a time-consuming task and maybe they want to pass the torch or have more help? 

I saw a discussion on FB this morning that led me to believe there are many people that think RoS is responsible for building, installing and maintaining the ghost bikes (I thought that was the case as well). I think there's an opportunity to help clear up the confusion and misinformation with a little clarity.

Comment by MJ E. on May 19, 2016 at 3:24pm

It is worth noting, that Jay's widow noted difficulty last night when figuring out who to contact, that prompted the delay in having a bike installed for her husband.

Before I joined this community I figured they were only produced if the cyclist had an intimate group of cyclist friends who could coordinate an install, which isn't true for all cyclists.

I don't mind helping with these installs, as ghost bikes are important for many reasons.

But I think it would be great to answer the question, who is our key resource if someone requests a bike and isn't able to install the bike themselves.

If we just let it be unoffical, and we find people each time, that's fine. But I am also of the understanding that their is a group dedicated to this, I just don't know who they are.

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:

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? 


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