Palm Springs, CA
As part of their community outreach safety program P.S. Cares, Volunteer Palm Springs has created a Ghost Bike Project which is a somber roadside memorial for bicyclists who were killed while biking.
Ghost Bikes appear in cities and small towns all over the world and U.S. and represent a sobering reality that injuries and fatalities of cyclists continue to rise. Most all involve vehicle-bicycle accidents. Many accidents involving injuries are not reported and difficult to track. A fatality becomes the focus of these Ghost Bike installations.
“Life is a moment in time that can be changed in a split second,” said David Carden, jr., Founder of Volunteer Palm Springs. “Each of these Ghost Bike displays will be a reminder to share the road safely as well as acknowledging the loss of a life.” The Ghost Bike Project is a team effort with bikes donated by the Palm Springs Police Department and site selection with the city’s Office of Sustainability. Each installation will be in place for 30 days and monitored by VPS.
“Building a better community through these partnerships will not only raise the dialogue of the need for safer streets and more awareness of bicycle safety, but also the need for motorists and cyclists to be more responsible as well,” Carden states. Ghost Bikes are meant to reflect a quiet statement in support of cyclists’ rights to safe travel.
For more information on the Ghost Bike Project and VPS’ Blink for Safety bicycle program go to www.volunteerpalmsprings.org.