‘Ghost bike’ ceremony planned for cyclist killed in Back Bay hit-and-run

Rick Archer.
Rick Archer.

Family and friends of Rick Archer, the 29-year-old courier who died in Boston last week after a hit-and-run crash, are planning a “Ghost Bike” ceremony and ride of remembrance in his honor Wednesday.

The “Ride for Ricky” will take attendees from Commonwealth Avenue and Clarendon Street, near the site of the crash, to City Hall.

The ride is meant to disrupt a budget hearing being held by the city’s Transportation Department.


While at City Hall, cyclists will call for additional funding to make streets safer in Boston. They will also ask for greater focus from the Walsh administration on the Vision Zero project, which aims to eliminate serious traffic crashes in the city by 2030.

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“This event is not only to honor the memory of Rick Archer, but to ride in his name and make a statement,” according to organizers. “We want to raise awareness and make the drivers of the city as well as city officials know that cyclists are human beings, and their lives MATTER.”

A fund-raiser was also started on in Archer’s name. Organizers said the money collected will help pay for Archer’s funeral service, a memorial, and to raise awareness about bike safety and humanitarian causes.

More than 150 people had donated $7,200 to the cause by Monday morning — almost five times the intended goal.

“Rick was an adventurous spirit who loved travel, helping people, food, extreme sports, laughter, general goof-dom and was totally a big kid,” said Leanne Greenman, Archer’s ex-wife, in a post on the fund-raising website.


“He was my best friend, I had the honor of being married to him once, and spending the last 7 years of my life knowing and loving him.”

Archer was hit by a driver around 3:19 a.m., on April 30, while biking in the Back Bay. He was riding home to South Boston from Brookline, where he saw a midnight movie at Coolidge Corner Theatre with friends.

The driver, who has not been identified, fled the scene. Archer was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. He died two days later, on May 2.

Police said Monday that the incident is still under investigation. No arrests have been made.

Last week, investigators towed a silver Toyota Camry with New York license plates from Boston Common Garage, several blocks from where Archer was hit. Police said the vehicle fit the description of the car captured on surveillance video around the time of the crash.

Reverend Laura Everett dedicated a Ghost Bike to the memory of Bernard “Joe” Lavins, who was killed in Cambridge in 2016.
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The Rev. Laura Everett dedicated a Ghost Bike to the memory of Bernard “Joe” Lavins, who was killed in Cambridge in 2016.

The Rev. Laura Everett will lead the “ghost bike” ceremony Wednesday evening. A bike painted a stark and ghostly white will be locked to a pole near where Archer was hit, to remind drivers to slow down and watch for cyclists.

During the event, “some of [Archer’s] closest friends will speak about the wonderful individual that he was,” according to organizers.

Archer is the fourth cyclist in the state to die this year, according to the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, a bicycle advocacy group.

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