September 25, 2012
Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
A white “ghost bike” has been placed along Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester near where a bicyclist was killed.
The bicyclist, Doan Bui, was struck and killed Sept. 14 by an alleged drunken driver.
David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
On West Broadway, mourners have left a “ghost bike,” flowers, Irish flags, and handwritten notes for Tanya Connolly.
Connolly, a 37-year-old Irish native, was killed after being struck by a tractor-trailer in South Boston last week.
"Ghost bikes," usually older models that have seen better days, are painted wheel-to-wheel in white, creating a stark, almost haunting image.
Allen Breed/Associated Press
A "ghost bike" stood along a highway in Raleigh, N.C., in late July after a fatal accident there.
The ritual, which seems to have begun in St. Louis in 2003, has since spread to cities around the world.