Liz Padilla was hit and killed by a truck 5 summers ago at 5th Avenue & Park Place while cycling. Her Ghost Bike is pictured above. She was 28 years old and hers was the first Ghost Bike installed in NYC. Unfortunately it wasn’t the last. In the past two years, a young son was killed on Dean Street and a dad was killed on 8th Avenue.
Cycling is something I do 3-5 times a week. It’s something I’m teaching Jr. and Baby Gurl to do too. I hope they will come to love it as much as I do. It’s REALLY fun! It’s just scary how “dangerous” it seems sometimes although protected bike lanes have helped on a lot of levels. I hope NYC continues to become more bike friendly as Jr and Baby Gurl get older.
So while the Park Slope “Ghost Stroller” mystery is something fun to gossip about during these August dog days, it’s important to remember that the reason the stroller caught everyone’s attention is that the Ghost Bikes around NYC are memorials to people killed. Friends and family killed while they were riding for fun, or riding to work, or doing an errand, or working. Ghost bikes represent lives taken too soon. And they are startling when you see them. The first time and the 100th.
Here are some links to more information about Liz Padilla, the Liz Padilla Memorial 5K and Ghost Bikes.
Liz Padilla Ghost Bike
Times Up Ghost Bike Page from 2006-2006
Liz Padilla Memorial 5K