S4E30: Ghost Bikes – How Shrines Can Make a Statement

We talk about the purpose of shrines, and one movement in particular – Ghost Bikes – that is making an impact to promote safe conditions for bicyclists.

In this Episode:

  • 03:31 – Recipe of the week: Stanley Tucci’s Martini
  • 06:54 – Overlooked Obituary: Hannie Schaft
  • 10:35 – Ghost Bikes and Memorial Shrines
  • 19:07 – Offbeat Obituary – William Ziegler
  • 21:25 – Outro
A ghost bike in Germany tethered to a pole.  A sign reads Radfahrerin 66 Jahre, commemorating a 66 year old biker that was killed at that location.

Have you by chance been somewhere where there was a bicycle painted white with a sign memorializing a rider killed at that location? If so, you have spotted a ghost bike.

A ghost bike commemorative sign that reads Carl Nacht, 56 years old, killed by truck

While ghost bikes are public memorials to bikers who have met violent deaths, they also serve other purposes. The ghost bike memorial is used to mourn the deceased, warn others of danger, and protest unsafe or unfair conditions for bicycle riders with the hope of achieving social change.

These memorials are placed along streets and highways to get the community’s attention. Their presence seeks to represent social change by encouraging witnesses to consider the cultural implications of death and to “do” something that creates change.

Learn more about the importance of shrines, and an example of a ceremony for a ghost bike installation. For more on ghost bikes, see the links below.



Overlooked No More – Hannie Schaft

Activist and Dutch resistant fighter Hannie Schaft
Hannie Schaft was one of few women to take up arms during the resistance. She was a student when the Nazis occupied the Netherlands.Credit…Wikimedia Commons

We continue our series from The New York Times “Overlooked” obituaries. This week is about Hannie Schaft, a Dutch resistance fighter during World War II who was eventually executed. Learn about her courageous work. You can also follow the original article here: Overlooked No More: Hannie Schaft, Resistance Fighter During World War II – The New York Times (nytimes.com).

Offbeat Obituary – William Ziegler

We love to find obituaries that are well-written with a sense of humor. This one is definitely entertaining: William Ziegler Obituary (1947 – 2016) – New Orleans, LA – The Times-Picayune (nola.com)

Recipe of the Week – Stanley Tucci’s Martini

Did you know Stanley Tucci is a former bartender? He has strong feelings about the many origin stories of the martini. “Too many people say too many things, and I wish they’d stop,” he says. “The only thing that matters is that the martini exists.” (Charlie agrees!) Check out his Instagram Video Here.

You can also get an Extra-Dry Martini Recipe from Bon Appétit.

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