Ghost Bike pays tribute to Mt. Washington cyclist who died in crash

Aug 25, 2012

Photo by Mt. Washington resident

Mt. Washington residents have been stopping and staring at an old bike that has been painted white–including its tires, seat, and pedals–and chained to a post near the corner of Avenue 45 and Canon Crest. So-called Ghost Bikes are created to honor cyclists who have been killed while riding but also to raise awareness of bike accidents and safety, according to The Mt. Washington Ghost Bike was installed following the death of 34-year-old Jean Carlos Galavin, who died last Sunday after his bike hit a curb and he was thrown into a hillside, according to police. “It was really startling to come across the signs when I was driving down Avenue 45, then finding this [white bike] at the stop sign,” said a Mt. Washington woman who took the accompanying photos.

While the sign above the Ghost Bike said Galavin was a victim of a hit-and-run police last week told Patch that there was no evidence any other vehicle was involved.

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