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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: 52
Latest Activity: Mar 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

Chicago 2017 Cycling Fatalities: 8* (*1 transit-related)

'Chicago Ghost Bikes / Ghost Bikes Chicago' - Cycling Community Group(s)…Continue

Started by Tom A.K. Nov 6, 2017.

Leanid Belabarody, 53, Ashland and Noble, 10/31/2012 3 Replies


Started by h' Zerocats. Last reply by Tom A.K. Oct 31, 2017.

Joseph Korner, 78, 3559 North Lincoln, November 6, 2014 7 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 Yasmeen Jul 1, 2016.

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.

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Comment by Yasmeen on July 6, 2016 at 9:34am

If you would like to attend the ghost bike memorial for Virginia Murray, Kristen Green posted this:

7-7-16 @ 7pm 
Belmont and Sacramento

So this tragic thing happened. 
A girl died. 
She was not a controversial person.
She was just like you. 
She woke up one morning and said to herself I am gonna ride a bike today. 
Innocently she goes to a divvy ride share kiosk and boom she is riding the statistically safest form of biking to date. She reassures herself that she has got this. She can handle it, she is lived her short 25 years but if a child can do it....She knows the rules of the road quite well, she goes slow as the bike was never built for speed in the first place. Then she comes up to Belmont and Sacramento and boom !Before she knows it she is on the ground bleeding heart pounding which a truck on top of her. She tries to get up, unable to move, she eventually is picked up from an ambulance, where they rush take her to the hospital. The doctors fought hard for her. She was so young she probably fought with everything she had, but sadly it still was not enough. I wonder what her last thoughts were. Was she angry ? Was she sad? Was she just remembering her family and loved ones? I would like to think she was smiling as she was just out for a ride on a beautiful day.


Anthony Arce has been deeply moved by this and reached out to our community to get a ghost bike in her honor as he was so deeply saddened by what he witnessed that day. So we have come together with other members of the community and will be placing a memorial "ghost bike" this Thursday 7-7-16 @7 pm to honor her. If you would like to drop by a flower or a candle or note there please do!

Comment by Yasmeen on July 6, 2016 at 8:25am

Thanks for the update MJ. 

Comment by MJ E. on July 6, 2016 at 8:19am

Through the grapevine: A memorial to Virginia Murray is going up on Thursday 7/7/16 at 7pm at Belmont and Sacramento. 

Comment by Tom A.K. on July 3, 2016 at 1:04pm
Does anyone know if there is currently any type of memorial for Virginia Murray at Belmont and Sacramento? (Pictures?) I've heard that a few cyclists who regularly ride this area and came up on the tragic scene that day, were deeply affected and were working at getting a ghost bike ready/installed.
Comment by Andrew Bedno on July 3, 2016 at 12:23pm

I've added Blaine "Beezy" Klingenberg to the map of Chicago Ghost Bikes.  A single white wheel, installed by messenger friends on a hightraffic hypercommerce corner, so no telling how long it'll stay, but it's a thing.  Some of them are discussing installing one for the recent Divvy death.

Comment by Yasmeen on June 24, 2016 at 5:13pm

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.


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