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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: 43
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

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. on Wednesday.

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.

Comment Wall


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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:

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


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:


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.

Mary Kroeck


Comment by Andrew Bedno on March 21, 2014 at 12:43pm
Comment by Andrew Bedno on March 20, 2014 at 11:37pm

"Ghost Bike" the play, is at The Greenhouse Theater Th-Su 3wks, March 8th-April 6th, $15-20.  Anyone wanna go?

By Laura Jacqmin, Directed by Sara Sawicki : "Ora and Eddie fell in love with Chicago on their bikes. But when Eddie is hit by a car and killed, Ora refuses to let him go. Instead, she rides beneath our city to bring him back, facing off against underworld gods and ghosts -some interested in helping her, some determined to get in her way. The more difficult her journey becomes, the more Ora must question what it is she’s journeying towards. In Ghost Bike, Chicago culture skitches off of Greek, African, and Chinese mythology, sparking a spirited mash-up of underworld and after-life as seen from the seats of fixies, BMX’s and ten-speeds."

Comment by h' Zerocats on December 16, 2013 at 11:00pm

I personally would not do anything remotely of this nature with a ghost bike. Repurpose it for someone else, maybe, but have it on display at events?

Comment by h' Zerocats on December 10, 2013 at 7:43pm

Instructions for how to help maintain this group are above.  Let me know if there's anything I can do to make them more clear.

Comment by Chicago Ride of Silence on December 9, 2013 at 6:38pm

Thank you, Andrew, for letting us know about the ghost bike that's been installed for Hector Avalos.

Comment by Andrew Bedno on December 9, 2013 at 5:27pm

Apparently, a ghost bike was immediately installed, with a little ceremony.  Wish I'd known.

Comment by Andrew Bedno on October 22, 2013 at 1:44pm

I presume Isai is still offline?  I'm tossing around Massoween route possibilities, and passing some ghost bikes always comes up.  Wanted to confirm that Augusta+Western need not be considered.


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