Ghost Bike memorializes Wellesley cyclist

Ghost Bike WellesleyUPDATE (Nov. 12.2012): Apparently the bike has disappeared as of Monday. We’ve reached out to Wellesley Police and other town officials to learn whether the bike might have been removed by the town for any reason (this has happened in other communities). Ghost Bikes have also been swiped by those who use the parts.

A Ghost Bike has appeared at the Linden Street/Weston Road spot where Wellesley resident Alex Motsenigos was killed over the summer when hit by a truck. Thanks to a reader for passing along the photo.

Ghost Bikes have shown up around the Boston area in recent years, and unfortunately in recent months as well, as a way to remember those cyclists who have been killed and to create awareness for driver and cyclist safety. Learn more about the grassroots Ghost Bikes here.

An earlier memorial to Motsenigos included flowers, pictures and other mementos. An education fund has also been established for his son.

Wellesley police identified the driver of the truck involved in the accident but no charges have been filed, as the investigation continues.

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. Jason
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    It is so sad that this memorial tribute would be taken away. Whoever has taken it PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!!

  2. Otis
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    The bike was actually removed by the Wellesley Police because it was chained to town property and because it interfered with the ongoing investigation.

  3. LittleBoyBlue
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    It is so sad that the ghost bike is no longer there. Someone who lives in Wellesley should bring this to the police dept attention- there are several cameras in this intersection. Agree with Jake on your sentiments to the accident and case. Someone is being protected here.

  4. Jake
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    A Ghost Bike is intended to recognize a tragedy and provide awareness to cyclists and drivers alike. Was this symbolic gesture too much for the town to accept? No news or updates on the case, and now the bike is removed. Leaves us to think that someone is being protected here, and the presence of this Ghost Bike threatened an awareness that some people feel we shouldn’t be entitled to.

    • Gaston
      Posted November 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      Wellesley police took it away…

  5. Elizabeth May
    Posted November 12, 2012 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    The Ghost Bike has vanished as of Monday morning :-(

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