‘Ghost Bike’ ceremony to be held for Paula Sharaga, victim of Fenway crash
A “ghost bike” ceremony will be held this weekend to honor the life of a cyclist who was hit and killed while riding her bike through the Fenway neighborhood last week.
According to an event page on Facebook, which was being promoted by cyclists in Greater Boston over the weekend, the ceremony for Paula Sharaga will take place at the intersection of Brookline Avenue and Park Drive on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 2-4 p.m.
Shagara, a longtime children’s librarian, died on Friday, Feb. 15, after she was struck by a cement truck at that busy intersection, according to authorities.
She was remembered by her husband, Eric Zinman, as a “beloved person” who “had a lot of light in her eyes and in her smile.”
During so-called “ghost bike” ceremonies, bicycles that are painted a stark white color and adorned with flowers and other ornaments are chained to a pole near the site of a fatal crash.
The somber urban rituals typically bring large groups of strangers together to remember the lives of those killed while biking on city streets.
“Even if you did not know Paula or have never been to a Ghost Bike Ceremony, all are welcome to come connect with others in the community,” officials from the Boston Cyclists Union said about the event, “and remember that you are not alone out there when you ride.”
Sharaga’s death marked the third time in the past year and a half that a cyclist was killed by a large vehicle in the Boston area, according to Becca Wolfson, executive director of the Boston Cyclists Union.
In November, a 24-year-old Boston University graduate student was killed after he was hit by a dump truck near the Museum of Science. A year prior to that, a 19-year-old man died after he was struck by a vehicle while biking in Dorchester.