Friday, 13 March 2009

Ghost bikes

For about a year now I've been noticing a growing number of white bicycles chained near bus stops or at busy road junctions around London, but only recently discovered their origin. They mark sites where cyclists have been killed and are both memorials to individual deaths and warnings to motorists to take more care. In the UK the project is the work of a road safety campaigner Steve Allen, whose friend was killed by a drunk driver while cycling in North London. The bike I photographed is at the junction of Kingsland High Road and Whiston Road in Hackney.

There's also a vandalised child's bike chained to the railings of Clissold Park at a bus stop on Green Lanes that's a regular accident blackspot with joyriders.

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