1, 700 cyclists have been hit by automobiles and trucks in four years, with one in four drivers failing to stop. Personalised ghost motorcycles are an effort to show people noticed when someone was killed and give their families some closure
Its always the same story, says Steve Sims, who runs Houstons Ghost Bike strategy with spouse Melissa. We speak to the family who tell us My loved one was struck and killed. Its devastating for them, but when someone gets hit on a bike here , nothing get done. It happens over and over. You get involved every time but after a while they just various kinds of blend together.
We meet at the tattoo parlour the ghost motorcycle group utilizes as a base. The garage out back is packed wall to wall with old bikes which have been donated and spray-painted white, ready to be used as commemorations to the victims of accidents with vehicles and trucks. Its eerie to gues these bikes will soon mark the site of someones death like visiting the scene of a future mass killing.
Houston has no shortage of victims. Around 1,700 cyclists have been hit by automobiles on the street of Americas fourth biggest city since 2013, with drivers failing to stay at the scene in nearly a quarter of cases, according to data from the Houston police department. Twenty-three cyclists have been killed seven of them by hit-and-run drivers. Many are so-called invisible cyclists, people cycling to and from poorly paid chores early in the morning or late at night, many without illuminates or a helmet. If the cyclist involved violated a traffic law such as not yielding the right of way, or did not have proper illuminations, the driver is usually deemed blameless, one prosecutor told the Houston Press.
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