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Photos: Ghost bikes in Denver and Boulder serve as haunting reminders

The ghost bike for Gelseigh Karl-Cannon.
The ghost bike for Gelseigh Karl-Cannon.
Emilie Johnson

"The 23-year-old had just moved to Denver from New York. Now the painted bike...stands as a memorial to her, and as a way to heighten awareness of cyclists on the road," Johnson continued.

Sadly, hers isn't the only ghost bike in the area. The following pictures show several other ghost bikes that have been erected as monuments in Denver and Boulder over the past few years.

This bike commemorated Matthew Powell, who was killed in 2008 near Mapleton Avenue and 14th Street in Boulder.
This bike commemorated Matthew Powell, who was killed in 2008 near Mapleton Avenue and 14th Street in Boulder.
This ghost bike, at the intersection of Lincoln Street, Speer Boulevard and Sixth Avenue, honored Dan Peterson, who was killed in July 2012.
This ghost bike, at the intersection of Lincoln Street, Speer Boulevard and Sixth Avenue, honored Dan Peterson, who was killed in July 2012.
Sam Levin

Continue reading for the stories behind a few more ghost bikes.   Most ghost bikes fall on public property and are eventually removed. The one honoring Dan Peterson (above) stayed up for several months before being taken down.

Westword covered Peterson and bike safety in a series of stories last year: "Photos: Ghost bike memorial honors hit-and-run victim Dan Peterson"; "As Denver becomes a major bike city, can it put safety first?"; and "Dan Peterson, R.I.P.: Remembering hit-and-run victim who elevated bike-safety concerns."

The person who hit Peterson at this intersection fled and was never apprehended.
The person who hit Peterson at this intersection fled and was never apprehended.
Sam Levin
This bike, at the intersection of Violet Avenue and U.S. Highway 36, commemorates the death of TJ Doherty in 2012.
This bike, at the intersection of Violet Avenue and U.S. Highway 36, commemorates the death of TJ Doherty in 2012.
Gelseigh Karl-Cannon's bike remains in Cherry Creek North as of this week.
Gelseigh Karl-Cannon's bike remains in Cherry Creek North as of this week.
Emilie Johnson

More from our Follow That Story archive: "Hentzell Park: City's rejection of petition spurs new challenge."


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