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Memento Mori

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Frank Klein

Rod Bruckdorfer with the “ghost bike”


The Bike Issue
Introduction

 

Opening Sprint
New local cycling advocacy group Bikemore comes off the starting line fighting

 

Memento Mori
The white “ghost bike” at the intersection of Lafayette and Maryland avenues disappeared

 

How To Not Try This At Home
12’ Clock Wheelie

 

Breaking Away
The Baltimore superhumans that manage to race bicycles while leading actual normal lives on the side

 

Several weeks ago, the white “ghost bike” that had been attached to a pole at the intersection of Lafayette and Maryland avenues disappeared. It had been placed there in August 2009 in memory of local cycling advocate Jack Yates, who died in a collision with a truck at the intersection, but a recent traffic accident had dislodged it. It’s unclear who actually witnessed the incident, but on a Saturday afternoon suddenly there it was in front of Station North’s Bohemian Coffee House, where its passerby rescuer hoped to pass it off to someone who could ensure the bike’s safety. Apparently someone was summoned from the Velocipede Bike Project around the corner on Lanvale Street, and it’s rested there since. It should be returned to its permanent home in the next couple of weeks, with the help of longtime local bike advocate Rod Bruckdorfer.

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