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Kenneth Bothwell was struck by a drunken driver early on the morning of Oct. 23 while riding with a small group of cyclists near Sugar and Canton roads in Edinburg. The 68 year old Winter Texan was rushed to a hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
Ghost bikes "are placed at street side to remind ongoing traffic Michael Kors Sutton Satchel Medium Black to be careful and as a reminder to cyclists that they need to pay attention to the laws, as well," Alaniz said. Louis, Missouri, in 2003 when a bystander placed a ghost bike with a sign that read "cyclist struck here" after witnessing an accident between a motorist and cyclist. Noticing the attention the ghost bike received from motorists, several more ghost bikes were placed throughout the city as a reminder to practice road safety.
Wally's Bicycles donated a custom bike to be placed for Eddie Arguelles near the intersection of Trenton Road and I 69C.
Mary Catherine Cloud, 69, was struck by a vehicle March 27 while cycling on Second and Ridge streets in McAllen. The McAllen resident died four days later from complications sustained from injuries.
"A lot of times, people will just find a bike and spray paint it white. We wanted something Eddie would approve of so we got a vintage bike, sand blasted it and put a white reflective paint on it," said Alaniz. "Eddie was a classy guy, so he deserved a classy bike. I didn't want to see a $30 or $40 bicycle; I wanted something nice."
his fair share of ghost bikes while living in Austin. One of the most important messages behind a Ride of Silence is to create awareness that the road is shared by motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
Wednesday in The Monitor's parking lot. The 20 mile route will weave through Pharr, Edinburg and McAllen.
Most recently, Eddie Arguelles was killed April 17 in an early morning hit and run wreck on the frontage road of Interstate 69C/Expressway 281 near Trenton Road in Edinburg. The 38 year old was hit during a ride with a friend.
Considered unofficial memorials, there are no permits required for placing a ghost bike, Alvarez explained. Ghost bikes remind the community that the person killed was a person who lost their right to a presence on the road.
Ghost bikes are used as memorials for cyclists who have been killed or severely injured by motorists on the road. A bicycle is typically spray painted white and chained to a street sign or traffic pole close to the scene of the accident.
a big chain with a lock on it to prevent people from stealing them. Fortunately, the ones that have been placed around town have not been stolen, they've been left alone," said Laura Alvarez of the McAllen Bike Club.
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"White is like a spirit, or of the spirit left behind," said Mark Westbrook Wilder, nephew of Mary Catherine Cloud. "It's not just nice for the individual but nice for everyone Michael Kors Wallet Sale
In bigger cities like New York and Los Angeles, ghost bikes have become a form of artistic expression that conjoins art and mourning. The ghost bike alters can display anything from handmade flowers to colorful murals. More traditionally, a ghost bike is set with primer then given two coats of simple white spray paint.
"The ghost bikes are seen as unofficial memorials and they just get placed there kind of anonymously mostly," Alvarez said. "We have a right to ride in the road. We're just trying to bring awareness. The people that are out there riding their bikes, they are people in our community. We've got doctors, lawyers, teachers people of all walks of life that ride on a weekly basis. They're your friends and neighbors and that's what people need to understand."
Sometimes the bikes are stripped of their gears, seats and wheels to deter being stolen or tampered with. Ghost bikes displayed throughout the Valley, however, have thus far been respected as solemn symbols of remembrance.
Ghost bikes are often donated by family members and friends. Sometimes, "junk" bikes are donated by bike shops that have already been stripped of all their crucial parts so that just the frame can be spray painted white.
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