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September 20, 2012

White bike a haunting reminder for motorists to share the road

By LIBBY CLUETT | lcluett@mineralwellsindex.com

Similar to a roadside cross, a white “ghost bike” is a memorial to a fallen cyclist who has been killed or severely injured by a motor vehicle.

On Tuesday morning Iris Stagner’s family members and friends installed a white mountain bike alongside U.S. Highway 180 West, just west of the Brazos River bridge, near where she died Monday evening, after she was struck from behind by the driver of a pickup truck. Ghost bikes, dappled throughout Texas, the nation and world, are meant not only as a memorial to the individuals who lost their lives, but are intended to remind passing motorists to share the road with cyclists, as well as other more vulnerable road users.

According to ghostbikes.org the first ghost bikes were installed in St. Louis, Mo., in 2003.

In Mineral Wells – and perhaps all of Palo Pinto County – the first ghost bike was installed just this summer, by Stagner and her husband, Butch.

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