Last month we brought you the tragic story of a fatal bicycle accident on State Route 60 South. Monday, that biker whose life was lost was remembered in a very special way.
When you are driving down State Route 60 in the coming days, you may notice a white bike present in front of Shelly & Sands. On April 23 near the company, Brenda S. Hoffman of Cambridge was cycling with Bradley K. Hollingsworth of Nashport when the pair was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound. Hollingsworth was critically injured and Hoffman lost her life that evening. This Memorial Day, the two were honored by family, friends, and the NCPeloton biking community. Mark Gibson explained the significance of the memorial.
“It’s called a ghost bike and it is to honor bicyclist that have been killed or injured while riding in our streets…this bike is to bring awareness to the community that someone lost their life at this location.”
Hollingsworth is still recovering from his injuries in the accident and the bike also serves to honor him. Gibson says the bike will sit silently there for about a month and will then move to another high traffic location in hopes of serving as a reminder to watch out for bikers. Cyclists from the NCPeloton rode for a total of 43 miles and placed the ghost bike at the scene of the tragic accident. Kathy Normansell said they hope to send a powerful message to drivers during their ride.
“Really we’ve had a sag wagon behind us with a sign to share the road and part of our–not only to honor those who were hurt and killed here but really, try to get more awareness to cars that bikes belong in the road. To watch out for them. To give them clearance and to increase safety so that we never again have to leave a ghost bike any place.”
Today wasn’t just about reminding drivers to share the road, tears were cried and beautiful white flowers were placed on and around the ghost bike in remembrance of Hoffman’s life. The frame of the bike was also marked with her name. Normansell who biked with her often, told us to know her was to love her.
“She had a zest for life, a love for life. Never anything than a total positive out of her. She loved biking, she was a triathlete. A physical therapist and just a all around wonderful person.”