Sunday, April 14, 2019

Kansas City Ghost Bike Dedication Sunday



Today's ceremony from friends, family and City Hall funded Bike/Walk KC. . .

On Sunday, April 3, 2016, 32-year-old Anthony Saluto was riding his bike on Independence Avenue when a car heading the opposite direction veered across the yellow line, striking and killing Anthony. The driver of the car was sentenced to four months incarceration and five years probation, despite appeals for a harsher sentence from Anthony’s family and BikeWalkKC.

“My son, Matthew, originally came up with the idea of creating a memorial park bench for Anthony,” said Lorrie Brown, Anthony’s mother. “After talking with Anthony’s uncle, Howard, we reached out to BikeWalkKC about the idea. We learned more about the “ghost bike” rack idea, and ultimately decided that something like that would be more fitting for Anthony’s legacy.”

Eric Vaughan, director of bike share and business services for BikeWalkKC, explained the concept. “A typical ghost bike is a bike that is painted all white and placed at the spot where a cyclist lost their life. It is meant to symbolize the importance of the victim while in many instances forcing a reflection on the shortcomings of the built environment. In this case, we enhanced the concept to make it more utilitarian, so that it will not only serve as a memorial, but can also serve as a bike rack for cyclists today.”

BikeWalkKC worked with the Saluto family, Lorrie Brown, and the KC Realty Group staff at City Market to identify the ideal location and work through the necessary permitting to ensure the rack will not be disturbed once it is installed.
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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

"...to ensure the rack will not be disturbed once it is installed." Whaaaat?! So, this is a vibrant and frosty city having marvelous momentum. There shouldn't be any worry about a painted steel memorial. It's not going to have to dive for safety into the bushes, is it?

Anonymous said...

BikeWalkKC Mafia

Anonymous said...

No one ever names the judge. If you are upset about a light sentence, name the judge.

Anonymous said...

10:02 The previous bike memorial was stolen.

Anonymous said...

Hey Walk and Bike.....I want every driver on the road to have a memorial called the right to drive on a road that they pay for and keep your free loading bicycles off of those memorials. Quit desecrating our memorials. Go ride your bike on MLK Blvd all you want.

Anonymous said...

Starting May 1 there will be a vehicle buy back program started.