The cyclist community is coming together to honor the fallen after a string of tragic deaths in Boston this year. Five bicyclists have died in motor vehicle collisions in the city since last September. Those gathering for the Ride of Silence are riding to encourage motorists to share the road and to honor fallen fellow cyclists. Here is a look back at those cyclists.
Pictured: Cyclists have placed painted "ghost bikes" at the sites of fatal cycling accidents—a gesture of solidarity and remembrance—to mourn the victims and urge passing motorists to drive more carefully.
Kelsey Rennebohm, a 28-year-old originally from Seattle, was attending the Boston College Lynch School of Education, studied mental health counseling, and is remembered as a dedicated educator.
A ghost bike, bearing her image and seasonal decoration, rests at the intersection of Forsyth Street and Huntington Avenue where she was struck by an MBTA bus.
The accident prompted city officials to take a serious look at the oft-maligned corridor of Huntington Avenue and to roll out a series of improvements at the intesection including sharrows and bike boxes.
Tanya Connolly was an Irish immigrant in her mid-30s who lived and worked in South Boston. Throughout her 14 years in the city, she became part of a strong community that remembers her as full of life.
This ghost bike memorial with messages and photos of her was set up in South Boston at the scene of the accident.
Doan Bui, a 63-year-old Dorcester resident, often rode his bike to fishing sports on Castle Island or near the John F. Kennedy library.
A white bike has been placed along Morrissey Boulevard where Bui was struck and killed while returning from some late-night fishing.
The driver, identified by police as Michael D. Ahern, a 46-year-old cafe owner from Dorchester, was “clearly intoxicated” but stopped to call 911 from his cellphone, authorities said.
Christopher Weigl, avid outdoorsman, Eagle Scout, and accomplished clarinet player, was pursuing a graduate degree in photojournalism at Boston University.
He was struck by a tractor-trailer making a wide turn on Commonwealth Avenue during the rush hour commute.
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