Ghost Bikes is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about traffic safety and commemorating cyclists who have been killed in collisions. The organization was founded in 1996 by Richard Callow, a British cyclist who was appalled by the lack of public attention paid to cyclist fatalities.
Ghost Bikes’ origins can be traced back to the mid-1990s when Richard Callow, a passionate cyclist and urban planning consultant, witnessed a fatal collision between a cyclist and a motor vehicle. Shaken by the incident and the lack of public outcry, he sought a way to honor the fallen cyclist and raise awareness about the dangers faced by cyclists on the road.
In 1996, Callow painted a white bicycle ghost on the spot where the cyclist had been killed. The ghost bike, with its locked frame and missing wheels, served as a stark reminder of the tragedy and a symbol of the cyclist’s lost life. The installation quickly drew public attention and sparked conversations about the need for better cycling infrastructure and safer roads.

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