Today is an Eagle Rock ghost bike, a memorial I've passed many many many times but never stopped to check out. White bicycles honoring a rider killed on the road, ghost bikes reportedly began to appear in St. Louis in 2003, and have since spread around the world. This one is for Eugene Gonzales, killed August 24th, 2014, and has his laminated photo, a license plate plaque, two rainbow pinwheels, and a Christmas tree ornament attached. Ghostbikes.org last reported a count of 610 ghost bikes in 210 locations. They write:
Ghost Bikes are small and somber memorials for bicyclists who are killed or hit on the street. A bicycle is painted all white and locked to a street sign near the crash site, accompanied by a small plaque. They serve as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of cyclists' right to safe travel.