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Ghostly bikes commemorate fallen cyclists

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A ghost bike marks the intersection where 45-year-old Liz Byrne was hit and killed by a truck in Brooklyn. (Christopher Twarowski/CNS)

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Mary Beth Kelly holds a photo of her husband, Dr. Carl Henry Nacht, who was killed by a police tow truck while riding on a protected bike path in New York. (Christopher Twarowski/CNS)

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A photo of Dr. Carl Henry Nacht adorns the spokes of his ghost bike in New York. Nacht was killed by a police tow truck in June. (Christopher Twarowski/CNS)

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A plaque accompanies the ghost bike of Dr. Carl Henry Nacht, a bicyclist killed by a police tow truck in New York. (Christopher Twarowski/CNS)

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San Francisco artist Joe Slota created his ghost bikes for art's sake. (Courtesy of Jo Slota, www.ghostbike.net)

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San Francisco artist Jo Slota created his ghost bikes as works of art in 2002. (Courtesy of Joe Slota, www.ghostbike.net)

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In St. Louis, Patrick Van Der Tuin began memorializing bicyclists killed or injured by motorists with painted white bikes in 2002. He called his project Broken Bikes Broken Lives. (Courtesy of Carrie Zukoski)

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In Pittsburgh, ghost bikes mark the sites where bicyclists were killed or injured in crashes with motorists. (Courtesy of Michael Browne of Ghost Bike Pittsburgh)

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Ghost bikes mark the sites where bicyclists were killed or injured in crashes with motorists in Pittsburgh. (Courtesy of Michael Browne of Ghost Bike Pittsburgh)

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Fifty-year-old Isai Medina was killed by a hit-and-run driver in January 2006 while walking his bike home in Chicago. (Courtesy of Chicago Ghost Bikes)

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Ghostly white bicycles chained to street corners are appearing in more and more cities across the globe. Created by cycling activists to commemorate people killed in biking accidents, the memorials are part of a movement to make cycling safer.


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