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"Ghost bikes" honor fallen cyclists

June 1, 2011 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

2 bicyclists have been killed on Ventura County roadways this year, according to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office — both by alleged drunken drivers.

Around the globe, all-white bikes are being chained to street signs near the sites of fatal accidents involving cyclists.

They are called ghost bikes — somber reminders of tragedy and intended as a quiet statement in support of a cyclist’s right to safe travel, proponents say.

One of the latest emerged this month on a sidewalk on Telegraph Road in Ventura near where Nick Haverland, 20, was struck and killed by an alleged drunken driver as he was riding to Ventura College.