CHICAGO (WBBM) — Fallen bicyclists were honored Wednesday night in a 10-mile ride of silence in Chicago. WBBM’s Lisa Fielding has the story.
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Cyclists on pedaled silently past the sites of local crash victims. These are often marked by “ghost” bikes, painted white and standing like haunting statues on street corners.
There are about a dozen ghost bikes in Chicago.
“Since 2006, we’ve been hosting a ride here in Chicago. Each year it gets a little more recognition from cyclists and from the community as well .” said event organizer Elizabeth Adamcheck.
The bike procession began at Daley Plaza and ended at North Damen and West Wellington where Liza Whitacre’s ghost bike is erected. Witacre’s was killed late October after falling from her bike and run over by a truck.
“I’m here to support Liza’s friends who are riding. It’s important to send a message of safety and to motorists to be careful,” said Liza’s mother Cecilia Whitacre.
The route also stopped at Diversey and Avery where 30 year old Jepson Livingston was killed in December and in Logan Square off the Kennedy where Tyler Fabeck was killed.
Similar rides were planned in Oak Park Arlington Heights, Joliet and hundreds of other cities worldwide.
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