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Ghost Ride

By handlerstudio  
There have been three young men killed on bicycles in Philadelphia in the last month...with fewer people on the road...and people getting "weird" and crazy with our shutdown, such as it is (nothing compared to what you all in Europe have experienced....and way more sussdesfully), people are driving faster and maybe less carefully. One, Sam, was the 18 year old son of friends, members of our synagogue and the driver stopped. One, was another 18 year old...and it was a hit and run on Ridge Ave. across from a beautiful old cemetery, and the third was on Kelly Drive near the boathouses, crossing the road at a crossing, hit by a car. He was 30. Today, led by the second young man's girlfriend, and for all three we had a Ghost Ride....The white bike is on the site where Will was killed, and will be there permanently. As a reminder. As a cyclist who does a lot of miles on city streets, I am well aware of how vulnerable we are. I am careful and I also ride hard and fast. And I never get on my bike without a helmet. I am guessing that we had about 300-400 riders today on a fairly long ride, that rode around City Hall at the far end of the ride, and needed where Will died. I did not take photos of the ride itself....I was a participant at that point, not an observer, and I did not want to stop to shoot. And, sometimes the best camera is the one you have with you.

And I would like to,thank Isabel aka, Chinga, for,her UA for my last uploads.

Peter

Tags: Photo journalism Hot day Ghost rider Ghost Ride Ghost Bike

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Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
27 Jul 2020 2:09AM
How sad. Much to young to leave this world.
27 Jul 2020 2:56AM
Great colour captures grand set well done Peter.
WesternRed.
27 Jul 2020 3:46AM
Great set of a very sad occasion, Peter.
27 Jul 2020 7:17AM
A well documented upload, Peter.
Such a sad situation that could so easily have been avoided.
Take care on the roads.

RichardSmile
Alfie_P Plus
14 927 2 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2020 8:50AM
We've had a very strange phenomenon here with the empty roads during lockdown Peter. That being the increase in speeding tickets being issued, the explanation given for this is that because the roads were so empty drivers lost concentration and increased their speed without realising they were doing so. Four of the members in a group I run teaching Spanish received their first ever tickets in their lives for speeding and they are all over 65 years of age !!
A very sad but poignant set of images Peter, as a cyclist myself my heart goes out to those families that have lost a loved ones.😞

😎
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1894 England
27 Jul 2020 12:27PM
I've also noticed a certain fine de siecle spirit among some drivers: the end of the world is at hand, so it doesn't matter...

On the other hand, they've fitted average speed check cameras along our (rather major) road, which may produce some interesting results.

And, of course, there are always drivers who are quite simply dopey.

A terrible toll in Philadelphia, though.
dales Plus
6 13 Australia
27 Jul 2020 1:43PM
An excellent documentation of this event from these tragedies Peter , good to see people pulling together at these times.
Ian
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2020 2:52PM
A sad tale Peter.
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 170 16 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2020 3:34PM
So sad Peter

Cliff
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
27 Jul 2020 9:27PM
We learned of a small accident a few weeks ago by a photo of our 14 year old grandson---riding his bicycle on the old beach Road in Rhode Island---Two deer ran out of the underbrush and upended him, totaled his bike , etc. Fortunately a Patrol car was near by, and no traffic on the road-- cuts and bruises and a big fright-- but one never knows what will happen while riding a bike!

I am very sorry for your friends--- also, wish bike traveling was more the norm ---we need to be very watchful here in rural Pennsylvania as many folks , including school children use bikes , scooters, etc. as well as pony carts--- (They do not own cars, etc. )
27 Jul 2020 11:57PM

Quote:We learned of a small accident a few weeks ago by a photo of our 14 year old grandson---riding his bicycle on the old beach Road in Rhode Island---Two deer ran out of the underbrush and upended him, totaled his bike , etc. Fortunately a Patrol car was near by, and no traffic on the road-- cuts and bruises and a big fright-- but one never knows what will happen while riding a bike!

I am very sorry for your friends--- also, wish bike traveling was more the norm ---we need to be very watchful here in rural Pennsylvania as many folks , including school children use bikes , scooters, etc. as well as pony carts--- (They do not own cars, etc. )



When I ride in Amish country, I see the big wheeled (usually 24") scooters that are purely leg kick powered...no pedals, gears or chain. I see more of those, bikes (not by the Amish) and buggies than cars.
debu 12 India
28 Jul 2020 12:30AM
So sad...
Debu
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2020 10:51AM
Amazing event captured Peter and a sad story indeed...
Isabel

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