2014 Golden Spoke Recipient – Ghost Bikes L.A.
When someone dies while on their bike the cycling community places a memorial for the victim in the spot close to where they died. These volunteers paints a bike completely white: tires, handle bars, crank, seat and all as a token of respect to a departed cyclist. A sign is placed on the bike visible the public to bring awareness of the tragedy that took place, in a lot of cases adding a name and picture of the fallen cyclist if available.
Their mission is:
- To make sure that anyone killed on their bike is not forgotten and is not dying in vain.
- To let the city and the world know that the cyclists are people and they have families – and they will be missed.