An unfortunate incident happened on Friday, the 3rd of September here in Honolulu. A 21-year old cyclist, Taryn Wright, was hit by a tour bus at an extremely busy and badly designed intersection. Taryn was an art student at the University of Hawaii where her father taught as well. Though our group of cycling friends did not personally know her, we organized the implementation of a ghostbike with a bike ride to the intersection where she was hit. Taryn’s family was extremely supportive of our efforts and forwarded our ride plans to many corners of the University of Hawaii and to her family and friends. One week following the incident, we hosted a ride with a turnout of over 60 people to chain the bicycle memorial to a pole at the intersection.
The ride began at the University of Hawaii art building, where Taryn had many classes
The cyclists took up a good portion of the street as we made our way to the intersection
Family, friends and fellow cyclists watch as the ghostbike is chained to the intersection pole
Taryn’s friend Paisley adds flowers to the ghostbike
Mark and Max filmed the event and put together a beautiful edit of the ride that you can watch here
Thank you to everyone that supported this ghostbike memorial and rode with us to increase the awareness to drivers of bicycles being on the road. I am happy to be a part of a biking kuliana that cares about everyone in the community that faces the dangers of cycling in this city.
Big mahalos to: cycle manoa for donating the bicycle, morgado for helping the initial acquisition of the huffy that would be the ghost bike, erik patton for not only painting – but stripping the huffy into a ghost bike, rob for utilizing his ford truck for ghost bike transportation, sau for assistance with organization of the ride, mark mizusawa for donating a heavy-duty moped chain and for filming the ghost bike memorial ride, max for also filming the ride, curt for donating a mini u-lock to further secure the ghost bike memorial permanence, jason mudrick for making a simple and elegant plaque and ania wieczorek and james king for the photos. All my best to the Wright family and friends.
I hope this will be Honolulu’s first and only ghostbike.