More a Ghost Bike and Nothing to Celebrate

Benicchio your Francisco Jander Malik worked as a street vendor in downtown Sao Paulo and was hit by a bus last Thursday, day 8/4/2011. It wasn’t any big Corporation Director, but also paid with his life for the “recklessness” not to be driving a car at that time. He’s been in some newspaper headlines for that messed up traffic, how daring!

But who disrupts who? Its haste is worth a life?

Ghost bikes are memorials that keeps alive the places where cyclists died. Simple and direct interventions that represent the appeal for a city better, without so many shattered families and even banal deaths hopes destroyed.

It is not a question of black humor, as does the architect Abilio War, but the fight against the “cleaning” of the cities that have the power to quickly erase the traces of lives absorbed by the asphalt – ignored and forgotten by all.

The story of his Francisco finished on the same asphalt that was born a little painted by light and innocent your son’s just 3 years old. At that time, have fun and maybe paint between the few seconds you’ve forgotten why we were there. So then came the reality then the crying

We don’t want a cemetery of sad stories. We don’t want any more Ghost Bikes! But while transit crimes are considered “accidental” or a “slide”, we will continue protesting and stopping this town so she can see who are the real perpetrators of this barbarism.

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Is being produced a documentary on Ghost Bikes and soon we can see firsthand how other city and cultures understand white bikes.

The Ghost Bikes of São Paulo the first Ghost Bike was installed at the end of 2007, on AV. Luis Carlos Berrini, one of the main commercial and business of the city. Was removed in a few days (I believe it was withdrawn until the next day). Was in an upscale suburb, in front of a Bank and was not well understood. It was ugly, bad for business. Vanished quickly.

The second Ghost Bike was established in honor of our friend Marcia Prado, murdered by a bus driver in January 2009. The white bike is up today on Avenida Paulista, in what became a memorial where cyclists often still pay their respects. Marcia was very dear in the Bike and is always remembered by all of us.

Marcia Prado was honored with the creation of a route Cicloturística with your name, linking São Paulo and the coast. This route had an experimental opening at the beginning of this year and is on track to become official, open permanently. Today the cyclists have no option to get to the coast, are totally forbidden, a flagrant and unpunished rights violations. The Ecovias, concessionaire who thinks he owns the highways leading to Santos, does not allow bicycle traffic, preventing the passage of cyclists with support from State police and even, amazingly, Artesp, justifying that “it’s not safe”. It is not, but should be. And Ecovias does nothing to make it safe. After all, cyclist does not pay toll, screw their rights.

The third Ghost Bike was installed in November 2009, in honour of the cyclist Fernando Martins Couto and gari Antônio Ribeiro. To include the gari in tribute, was posted a broom sweeping of streets next to the bike. They were both talking on the sidewalk, waiting to perform the crossing when they were “harvested” by a bus at high speed. On installing this Ghost Bike/Ghost Broom, cyclists were present, garis, the victim’s family and a lot of people passing by the site. This white bike also continues there today.

The fourth Ghost Bike, in tribute to Manoel Pereira Torres, was installed in March 2010. Mr. Manuel, a 53-year-old who used the bike to go to work, was crossing the track, with the green lights for pedestrians. A biker coming at high speed around the floor of the bus, with the closed sign to him, reached its Manoel and pitched against the light, the three metres of height. Your bike was launched against the steel post and folded in half, just the force of the collision. The relatives have not been found in time for the tribute, which was performed by several cyclists. One of them carried the white bike on the back for all the way rider square until the AV. Councilman Jose Diniz, where it was installed and still remains, in loud and visible.

The fifth Ghost Bike in homage to Antony Bertolucci, was installed on 13 June 2011. Mr. Antonio, 68, was hit by a bus while accessed Paul VI Avenue for one of its handles. He was an entrepreneur, experienced cyclist and had 15 bikes, such your passion. The family attended the Act and expressed rejection of intolerance and lack of respect in the transit of São Paulo.

See also:

Ghost Bike in critical mass of Porto Alegre and the Memorial Marcia Prado remains steadfast Documentary on Ghost Bikes Ghost Bike by Manoel Pereira Torres pictures and Reporting of honor Marcia Prado white Bike in Porto Alegre, but for a positive reason

 

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