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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: 40
Latest Activity: Feb 10


-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

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 Andronymous Feb 10.

Frederick Kobrick, 30, 18th/Racine, 8/23/2011 11 Replies


Started by h' 1.0. Last reply by h' 1.0 Jan 31.

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.

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' 1.0. Last reply by Bonnie Fantastic Jan 28.

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.

Question concerning maintenance 3 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. Jul 31, 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' 1.0. 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' 1.0 Dec 10, 2013.

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Comment by Andronymous on March 21, 2014 at 12:43pm
Comment by Andronymous 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' 1.0 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' 1.0 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 Andronymous on December 9, 2013 at 5:27pm

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

Comment by Andronymous 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.

Comment by OLB 0.1 on October 6, 2013 at 3:16pm
Blanca's bike is definitely not there anymore. Rode by this AM.
The one on the opposite corner is still there locked to a No Parking sign.
I assume that one is Mandy's. I'm not as familiar with that one because the sign isn't as close to the bike lane (E-W) as Blanca's.
Comment by h' 1.0 on October 4, 2013 at 8:47pm

i heard about that one maybe 2 months ago. Any idea whether Mandy's bike is still there on the opposite corner?

Comment by Andronymous on October 4, 2013 at 7:58pm

Hadn't noticed this mentioned elsewhere, I think Blanca's bike is currently absent.  We passed Armitage on Kedzie on last Friday's mass, and I was sure it was the right spot 'cause I could see Mandy's on the diagonal opposite corner.  That bike was lavishly tended, so I've got to wonder if it's just down for rehab, vs gone for good.


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