project leader
Jessie S
location
136 Milton Street
(Greenpoint)
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the project

A Ghost Bike is a simple bicycle, painted white, installed at the site where a cyclist was killed. Ghost Bikes serves as a memorial space for the community, a reminder of what happened there, and a call to prevent these tragedies from occuring. The NYC Ghost Bike Project began in 2007 as political street art. The goal was to draw attention to an increasing number of cyclists killed on city streets. Since that time, we have installed hundreds of Ghost Bikes on city streets, and the project has been replicated in over 200 cities around the world. 

In the past year, a huge number of cyclists were killed on city streets. We are devastated by this loss, and these continued, preventable tragedies. And we are in need of serious help to pay for making so many new Ghost Bikes. 

It costs about $60 for the paint, lock, chain, and other supplies required build one Ghost Bike. We need to build over 25 Ghost Bikes for those cyclists who have already been killed on city streets.

Sadly, statistics tell us that we can anticipate that needing to build another 15-25 Ghost Bikes in the coming year. Please help us buy the paint, sandpaper, and padlocks that allow us to create these moving memorials on the street. 

the steps

1. Buy supplies: Crates of white spray paint, lengths of chain, sandpaper, padlocks, and more

2. Collect donated bicycles: We only make Ghost Bikes out of bicycles that can no longer be used for riding

3. Organize a series of workdays: Our friends at the Greenpoint Reform Church allow us to build Ghost Bikes in their backyard. It will take two workdays to build all the Ghost Bikes we need to create. 

4. Gather a volunteer installion team and a volunteer building team: This project is 100% run by volunteers

5. Build: We will create 25+ Ghost Bikes and install them across NYC

 

why we're doing it

Bicycles are good for New York. In a city plagued by congestion, asthma, and smog, with a failing transit network and rising transportation costs, bicycles are a cure-all. It is a highly affordable, environmentally friendly, hyper-efficient way to get around.

When a person is killed on a bicycle, all of these benefits are negated. These fatalties are completely preventable. We hope to make bicycling an option for more New Yorkers, and make clear that no person killed in a preventable traffic crash will be forgotten. 

budget

It costs approximately $60 to build a ghost bike, that includes:

Tarps

Spray paint

Primer

Gloves

Bike tools

Sandpaper

Grease cleaner

Lengths of chain

Padlocks

Metal plaques

Bolts

We need to build over 20 Ghost Bikes for cyclist who have already been killed in the past year. Sadly, we can expect to need to build another 15-20 in the coming year. The NYC Ghost Bike Project also maintains ghostbikes.org, the international hub for ghost bikes around the world, and your donation will help us cover the $300 fee we owe our hosting company. 



SUBTOTAL = 2,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $100
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $60
TOTAL TO RAISE = $2,195

disbursed budget:



RAISED = $3,176.00
less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $145.42
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $87.25
TOTAL TO DISBURSE = $2,908.33

 

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photos

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donors

  • Peter Frishauf, VisionHero
  • Anonymous
  • Grace Freedman
  • Anonymous
  • Jesse
  • Maximillian Sholl
  • David J Meyer
  • Anonymous
  • Hillary P Frey
  • Anonymous
  • John M.
  • Motha
  • Jeff Novich
  • Hilda Cohen
  • Anonymous
  • Kate M.
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Michael A Hayes
  • Anonymous
  • Kosuke M.
  • Peter W. Beadle
  • Lee Stetson
  • Steve Scofield
  • mdrinkard
  • Craver
  • Megan Carolan
  • Anonymous
  • Gaylen
  • Macartney Morris