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Thieves Targeting Ghost Bikes For Parts

The bikes are a memorial to cyclists killed on the streets.

Thieves are now stripping parts from “ghost bikes,” the white bicycles placed as memorials to slain cyclists, according to the Brooklyn Paper.

“It’s very disrespectful and it makes me furious,” said bike activist and filmmaker Dan Gingold. “People wouldn’t be disrespectful in a cemetery or a national monument.”

The paper says that the thieves have mainly gone after “easy-to-snatch parts,” with the frame usually remaining chained in place.

“People who take parts off bikes are probably not connected to biking or even know what ghost bikes are,” Ellen Belcher, a volunteer with the New York Street Memorial Project told the paper.

The bikes are covered in thick white paint, usually

According to the Brooklyn Paper, the bike at the corner of Atlantic and Washington avenues is missing its seat and rear wheel.

Ralston Bryan’s ghost bike, at the corner of Fulton Street and Utica Avenue in Bed-Stuy is missing it’s front wheel as well, while a bike memorializing Dan Valle, on S. Fifth Street near the Williamsburg Bridge, is down to a frame, handlebars, and seat.

Previously, the Department of Sanitation would come after ghost bikes, but cycling advocates convinced the city to only remove the bikes if they were in bad shape and could be considered a hazard.

Patti August 08, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Hey Parksloper - I agree with you!!!
Paraderest August 12, 2012 at 06:46 PM
These "memorials" are eyesores that clutter the sidewalks with broken down, junk bicycles. To be fair, I also can't stand the roadside memorials setup to "honor" those killed in car/motorcycle accidents.
Gary T August 12, 2012 at 07:07 PM
You mean like the big monument in Grand Army Plaza, otherwise know as the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch?
Parksloper August 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM
"You mean like the big monument in Grand Army Plaza, otherwise know as the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch?" So now we're equating war hero's with bikers?
Gary T August 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Nope. Just pointing out that there are plenty of memorials that aren't in cemeteries.

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