Last Thursday Elijah Montalvan was struck by a car and he died on Saturday, September 1st, 2012. He was riding at night, pretty damn late, and was struck by a driver with a suspended license and no insurance. It doesn't say in the article, but I can almost guarantee that there wasn't a bike helmet or bike lights involved. How many things are wrong with this? Too many.
Will Laramie, who was struck by a repeat drunk driver. Linda was planning to put up a ghost bike back up on Burnside, locking it securely this time so the bike isn't lifted by scrappers. The intersection where Will was struck, Burnside and Larrabee, needs some work. While mounting the bike, we chatted about how the intersection would be safer for bikes and pedestrians if instead of a speed encouraging Y-intersection, the streets came together perpendicularly. This would reduce speeds through the intersection and provide better sight lines. Much thanks to the always vigilant and motivated Kevin Sullivan for finding the youth bike and towing the bikes over to East Hartford.
Bike Walk Connecticut has education programs that can be implemented in schools, and the annual Will Laramie Benefit Concert was organized to help benefit / support that type of education. Ghost bikes can only do so much. The next step is making bicycle safety education part of a child's education. Kids learn how to play bean bag dodge in gym class, why not basic cycling safety? Cycling safety education could even be worked into a recess program.
Note: For those that know me well. The Burnside ghost bike is the Huffy Sweekstakes, also known as Good Vibrations Deluxe.