Ghost Bikes

Ghost Bikes are memorials to bicyclists who have been killed in traffic accidents. These bicycles are completely painted white and placed on display at the scene of the fatal accident not only to commemorate the life of the rider, but to also serve as a sobering reminder to passing motorists: failure to SHARE THE ROAD can have tragic consequences! For more information, and for the location of other ghost bikes, visit the Ghost Bike web page; much of the biographical information here came from that site.



Wickenburg, Arizona

Charles Peterson

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This ghost bike is located on the southeastern edge of Wickenburg where 80-year-old Charles Peterson was fatally struck by an SUV on September 18, 2007, as he was riding his bicycle from his home in Morristown.
Directions: On the westbound side of Highway 60, at milepost 114.
Last Visited: July 2009.


Sedona, Arizona

Pete Bennett

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This bicycle commemorates the life of Russell "Pete" Bennett, a retired computer programmer and systems analyst who loved to ride his road bike here in the gorgeous red-rock country of Sedona. Besides cycling, his continuing passions included nature photography, hiking, archaeology and astronomy. The ghost bike is located at the highway intersection where Bennett was fatally struck by a car on July 19, 2007.
Directions: On the north side of the intersection of State Route 89A and Lower Red Rock Loop Road, near milepost 369.
Last Visited: September 2008.


Phoenix, Arizona

Ernesto Mesa

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57-year-old Ernesto Mesa was killed while cycling on July 31, 2009 (some sources say July 7, 2009).
Directions: One block south of Interstate 17 exit 195B, on the northeast corner of 7th Street and Watkins Street.
Last Visited: April 2011 (gone when revisited May 2015).


Tempe, Arizona

Christopher Volpe

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Chris Volpe was an ASU student who was riding near the campus when his bicycle was struck by an SUV on May 10, 2010. In addition to being a cyclist, Volpe was an avid runner, snowboarder, and traveler. He was 24 years old.
Directions: Northwest corner of University Drive and Ash Avenue.
Last Visited: June 2010. Reported gone June 2013 (removed by city of Tempe).

The Christopher Volpe ghost bike is now part of the Resolana mural by Alli Dodt, which was dedicated May 17 2014.
Directions: 714 College Avenue, Tempe (in alley west of College Avenue, between 7th Street and University Drive).
Last Visited: June 2015
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Jay Fretz

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Jay Fretz was a 36-year-old environmental advocate who was returning home from work when a vehicle collided with his bicycle on May 17, 2010.
Directions: Northeast corner of McClintock and Alameda Drives.
Last Visited: June 2010. Reported gone June 2013 (removed by city of Tempe).


Sacaton, Arizona

Brett Saks

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Dr. Brett Saks was a health & wellness coach who was trained in chiropractic, naturopathy, clinical nutrition and acupuncture. In 2007 he participated in the Qualcomm Million Dollar Challenge, a 7-day, 600-mile charity bike ride from San Francisco to San Diego which benefits the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Saks was 40 years old when he was killed by a car on October 4, 2008 while training for the 2008 QMDC. He left behind a large extended family, many of whom participated in the creation and installation of this ghost bike in his memory.
Directions: Southeast of Sacaton, on the west side of Highway 87, a few hundred yards north of the intersection with Highway 387.
Last Visited: October 2009.


Maricopa, Arizona

Sally Meyerhoff

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Sally Meyerhoff was a seven-time state high school track and field champion, an NCAA All-American in cross-country and track, and a professional runner. She was bicycling as training for the 2012 Olymipic Marathon Trials when she was fatally struck by a pickup truck on March 8, 2011. She was 27 years old.
Directions: Southeast of Maricopa (southeast corner of intersection of Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and White and Parker Road).
Last Visited: March 2013.


Oracle, Arizona

Dr. Ralph "Rafe" Sagarin

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Dr. Ralph "Rafe" Sagarin was struck and killed by a truck driven by an allegedly impaired driver while cycling on Highway 77. Dr. Sagarin was an associate research scientist at the University of Arizona working at the nearby Biosphere 2; he was 43 years old.
Directions: Just west of Oracle, on the south side of Highway 77 at mile marker 99.6.
Last Visited: May 2016.


Tucson, Arizona

Bruce Hedges

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Bruce Hedges was a doctor who left behind a wife and 10-year-old daughter when he was struck and killed by a vehicle on January 1, 2001.
Directions: On the east side of 1st Avenue, north of Orange Grove Street.
Last Visited: November 2008.


Andria Ligas

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Andria Ligas was a 19-year-old student at the University of Arizona who was killed by a hit-and-run driver on December 24, 2002.
Directions: On the northeast corner of Euclid Avenue and Adams Street.
Last Visited: November 2008.


Francisco Sanchez

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52 year-old Francisco Sanchez was riding westbound on 22nd Street on September 20, 2005, when he was fatally struck by a car.
Directions: On the southeast corner of 22nd Street and 2nd Avenue.
Last Visited: November 2008.


Laura Varela

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47-year-old Laura Varela was riding in a bike lane late at night when she was struck from behind by a hit-and-run driver; she died after being taken to a local hospital. The sign on the ghost bike says July 31, 2005, but other sources give the date of the accident as August 1, 2005 or October 17, 2005.
Directions: On the north side of Ruthrauff Road just east of Kain Avenue.
Last Visited: November 2008.


Jose Rincon

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On January 12, 2008, 14-year-old Jose Rincon was killed while riding his bicycle on the shoulder of Broadway Boulevard, hit from behind by a drunk driver.
Directions: On the south side of Broadway Boulevard just east of Vozack Lane.
Last Visited: March 2009.


Allen Johnson

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26-year-old Allen D. Johnson was killed on March 10, 2009 by a pickup truck that swerved into the bike shoulder. Johnson was an off-duty officer with the Tucson Police Department. His hobbies were running, backpacking, and bicycling; he had completed several Century (hundred mile) bike rides.
Directions: On the southwest side of Old Spanish Trail, 1.6 miles northwest of Camino Loma Alta.
Last Visited: March 2010.


Patti Lopez

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Patti Lopez was struck from behind by a driver on May 21, 2008. She was 43 years old and was the mother of two children.
Directions: On the east side of Camino de la Tierra, just south of Shumaker Drive (north of River Road).
Last Visited: November 2010.


Charles Nystrom

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Lt. Col. Charles Nystrom (U.S. Air Force, retired) was struck from behind by an impaired driver on August 14, 2008. The 54-year-old retired pilot was a school teacher and the father of two daughters.
Directions: On the south side of Tanque Verde Road, just east of Sabino Canyon Road (at west entrance to Udahl Park).
Last Visited: November 2010.


Grant Davis

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Grant Davis was a high school honor roll student, a pianist, and a Boy Scout who was on the verge of becoming an Eagle Scout; he also aspired to become an Olympic and professional bicycle racer. He was only 16 years old when crashed into the trailer of a parked truck on June 29, 2006.
Directions: East side of Highway 77 (Oracle Road) just north of Rancho Vistoso Boulevard, at mile marker 83.
Last Visited: January 2011.


Kevin Robinson-Barajas

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Kevin Robinson-Barajas was a Gifted and Talented Education student at Tucson High School; he also enjoyed physics and playing the guitar. He was struck killed by a school bus on September 12, 2008, at the age of 15.
Directions: Northwest corner of Fort Lowell Road and Mountain Avenue.
Last Visited: March 2011.


Kory Laos

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Kory Laos was active in soccer, basketball, BMX racing and mountain biking. He was struck and killed by two SUV's on May 4, 2007, two days before his 15th birthday. The Kory Laos Freestyle BMX Memorial Bike Park is being constructed within Flowing Wells District Park.
Directions: South side of Speedway Boulevard, just west of Euclid Avenue.
Last Visited: March 2011.


Drake Okusako

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Drake Okusako was a soccer coach, golfer, martial artist and photographer. He was riding in the bike lane on May 29, 2009 when he was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.
Directions: West side of Alvernon Way, 350 feet south of Broadway Boulevard.
Last Visited: February 2011.


John M. Lauther

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John "Gus" Lauther was a US Navy veteran and retired Contract Federal Investigator. He was riding his motorcyle on Golf Links Road on November 11, 2010 when he was fatally struck by another vehicle which had made a left-hand turn in front of him. He was 60 years old.
Directions: South side of Golf Links Road, 300 feet west of Camino Seco / Oakenshield Way.
Last Visited: April 2012.


Francisco "David" Galvez

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A shrine attached to the frame of this ghost bike contains this dedication:

Francisco "David" Galvez

Son, Brother, Friend

Age 49, earned his wings on Sunday, November 2, 2014 after being struck by a vehicle while crossing First Avenue on his bike. David enjoyed work as a handyman with special interest in automotive and bicycle mechanics. He was an avid cyclist participating in events to include the Cochise County Classic, El Tour de Tucson, Cyclovia and Sunday bike rides along the Rillito bike path with family and friends. David will be remembered for his kindness and thoughtfulness and always having a smile on his face -- never wanting to be an imposition on anyone.

Directions: Northeast corner of 1st Avenue and Navajo Road (1 block north of Fort Lowell Road).
Last Visited: November 2015.


John E. Akers

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John E. Akers was a driver for Sun Tran who was killed on May 23, 2013 while biking to work; he was 64 years old.
Directions: Southeast corner of Irvington and Mission roads.
Last Visited: February 2016.


Albuquerque, New Mexico

Roy Sekreta

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43-year-old Roy Sekreta was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver March 1, 2008, while riding on a bikes-only path.
Directions: South side of Comanche Road, 1/2 mile west of Carlisle Boulevard (on west side of Comanche Park).
Last Visited: April 2010.


Paula Higgins

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Paula Higgins was an avid cyclist who was fatally struck by a car on July 17, 2006. She was 46 years old, and had many friends in the cycling community.
Directions: Southeast corner of Comanche Road and Pennsylvania Street.
Last Visited: April 2010.


Heather Reu

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Heather Reu, a 42-year-old wife and mother, was riding a remote road on Albuquerque's West Mesa when she was struck from behind by a vehicle and killed on July 9, 2009.
Directions: East side of Paseo del Volcan, 6.3 miles north of Interstate 40 exit 149 (near the turnoff to Double Eagle Airport).
Last Visited: April 2010.

Other views (click to enlarge):

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David Anderson

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David Anderson was a 56-year-old husband and father when he was killed by a reckless driver on March 22, 2010. His ghost bike was dedicated on April 13, 2010.
Directions: On bike path on south side of Paseo del Norte Boulevard, 500 feet west of Rio Grande Boulevard.
Last Visited: July 2015.


John Dunn

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John Dunn was both a mountain biker and a road racer, and worked at a local bike shop. He was 33 years old when killed on January 22, 1994.
Directions: Northeast corner of Singing Arrow Avenue and Dorado Place SE (2 blocks southwest of the intersection of Tramway Boulevard and Central Avenue).
Last Visited: July 2015.


Ernesto L. Kee Jr.

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Ernesto/N3TO L. Kee Jr. was struck and killed by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on January 26, 2015. He was 30 years old.
Directions: Southeast corner of Coors Boulevard and Southwestern Polytechnic Institute Road (just south of Paseo Del Norte Boulevard).
Last Visited: July 2015.


Michael Ryan

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Michael Ryan was a homeless man who was killed while riding his bike on January 13, 2012.
Directions: In median of Lomas Boulevard at Oak Street (east side of I-25).
Last Visited: July 2015.


Tijeras, New Mexico

James M. Quinn

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James M. Quinn was an environmentalist who had a Master's Degree in Water Resources from the University of New Mexico. When he was killed in a bicycling accident on September 15, 2007, he was enrolled in the UNM School of Law. He was 28 years old.
Directions: In Tijeras Canyon on Old Route 66 (Highway 333), 1.8 miles west of the intersection with Highway 337.
Last Visited: July 2015.


Michael Martino

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Michael Martino was killed in a bicycle crash on July 5, 2010; he was 46 years old. A stone plaque at the base of his ghost bike reads Son, Brother, Friend. Michael, if love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.
Directions: On Highway 337, 1.1 miles south of Old Route 66 (Highway 333).
Last Visited: July 2015.


New Laguna, New Mexico

John Anczarski

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John Anczarski was cycling cross-country to raise money for breast cancer research when he was hit by an inattentive driver on June 21, 2010; he died in a hospital the next day. He was 19 years old.
Directions: North side of Highway 124 (Old Route 66), 800 feet west of the New Laguna Post Office, at mile marker 21.9.
Last Visited: July 2015.


North Hollywood, California

Robert Painter

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This heavily-vandalized ghost bike marks the location where Robert Painter was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver on December 2, 2009. Painter was 52 years old, and was a citizen of Canada who was living in North Hollywood.
Directions: East side of Laurel Canyon Road, just north of Archwood Street (1 block south of Vanowen Street).
Last Visited: October 2010.


San Clemente, California

John Cuchessi

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John Cuchessi, age 54, was fatally injured on May 18, 2008. While he was returning from a ride to Camp Pendleton with the San Clemente Renegades cycling club, Cuchessi's bicycle suddenly turned and struck a fence. Cuchessi was well-known and well-liked in the local cycling community; in 1974 he had founded San Clemente Cyclery.
Directions: North side of Old Highway 101, approximately 1 1/4 mile southeast of Interstate 5 exit 71 (Basilone Road exit), and 1 mile northwest of the San Onofre nuclear plant. Attached to the chain-link fence that separates Old Highway 101 from Interstate 5. (Note: The map on the ghostbikes.org web page shows an incorrect location.)
Last Visited: July 2012.

Other views (click to enlarge):

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Mark Anthony Leones

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Since my previous visit to the site of the John Cuchessi ghost bike (October 2010), a ghost bike has been added for Mark Anthony Leones. The Leones ghost bike was moved from its previous location on Park Avenue in Laguna Beach, where Leones fatally crashed on October 16 2011, after losing control on a steep downhill curve. A Costa Mesa resident, Leones was 28 years old.
Directions: North side of Old Highway 101, approximately 1 1/4 mile southeast of Interstate 5 exit 71 (Basilone Road exit), and 1 mile northwest of the San Onofre nuclear plant. Attached to the chain-link fence that separates Old Highway 101 from Interstate 5.
Last Visited: July 2012.



Beaumont, California

Paul Pletcher

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Paul "Lynn" Pletcher was an educator, Rotary Club volunteer, and grandfather. He was an avid cyclist, and a member of the local Water Bottle Transit Company bicyling club. He was fatally struck by a motorist while cycling on November 4, 2010. He was 70 years old.
Directions: South side of Champions Drive, 1/4 mile east of Cherry Valley Blvd.
Last Visited: July 2012.




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