A Ghost Bike

Have you seen a “ghost bike” in your neighborhood? Here’s one in ours.

A list of 630 ghost bikes in 210 locations at the website linked in the following quotation.

“Ghost Bikes are small and somber memorials for bicyclists who are killed or hit on the street. A bicycle is painted all white and locked to a street sign near the crash site, accompanied by a small plaque. They serve as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of cyclists’ right to safe travel”

I’ve driven by it many times but this morning I turned the corner and photographed it. Read the plaque. A ghost bike is a visible reminder to share the road with cyclists and drive more carefully.

William Theisen, a cyclist killed when struck by a car at Stanton Avenue and North St. Clair Street in Highland Park, is memorialized with this ghost bike.

In February 2020, I had seen a ghost bike in Gainesville, Florida while visiting friends. I was a passenger in the car so was able to take the photo as we drive by. Unfortunately I don’t know the name of the cyclist who is memorialized.

The 30th PedalPGH hosted by BikePGH

Thirtieth Anniversary of Pedal Pittsburgh August 27, 2023 was

“Hosted by BikePGH, PedalPGH is Pennsylvania’s Largest Bike Ride” (and we’ve lots of hilly terrain in the city)

I was knitting a pair of socks on the front porch Sunday morning. My street is a definite incline. I got to watch bikers pedal by at different rates of speed. You can watch a sampling here

On our way to the movie theatre the street was filled the cyclists

Biking Down an Alley

Some streets in the city have alley between them. It’s the third definition I’m talking about

a narrow street : especially : a thoroughfare through the middle of a block giving access to the rear of lots or buildings”

There are garages and the garbage cans set out for pick up. Not a lot of traffic. We we walking to a friends house to play and we went into their backyard via the alley. Charlie biked ahead of us.

An alley in Columbus

Daisies and a Bicycle Built for Two

“The daisy’s for simplicity and unaffected air.” Robert Burns

“The daisy by the shadow that it casts, Protects the lingering dewdrop from the sun.” William Wordsworth


Fresh as a daisy.

He loves me, he loves me not…

Please Don’t Eat the Daisies1960 film with Doris Day snd David Niven

Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two) song written in 1892 Daisy, Daisy give me your answer, do.

“Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke witnessed the IBM 704 demonstration during a trip to Bell Labs in 1962 and referred to it in the 1968 novel and film 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which the HAL 9000 computer sings “Daisy Bell” during its gradual deactivation” Wikipedia