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‘Ghost Bike’ shrine to cyclist Daniel Squire killed in A258 accident at Ringwould

By Beth Robson

A permanent reminder for motorists to Think Bike after the death of keen triathlete Daniel Squire has been installed in the road where he died.

A "ghost bike" has been put up near to the site of the accident that killed the 18-year-old on the A258 Dover to Deal Road at Ringwould in September 2013.

Daniel's father and fellow triathlete Symon Squire mounted the bike on Sunday to remind drivers that a cyclist has been killed on the road.

The ghost bike shrine on the A258, where Daniel Squire died
The ghost bike shrine on the A258, where Daniel Squire died

Mr Squire said: "It is safely chained to a post between the trees near to the place where the flowers are laid."

The area has become a shrine, with floral tributes and solar lights, laid by family members and some of Daniel's many friends from Deal and Dover, where he went to school and played football.

The racing bike was donated to the family by Mr Furness, of Dola Avenue, Deal.

Mr Squire painted it with white paint to make it noticeable enough to get the message across, but not too dazzling that it distracts drivers.

"It is safely chained to a post between the trees near to the place where the flowers are laid..." - Symon Squire

The family is now having a plaque made for the bike with the message "Cyclist Killed Here 7/9/2013".

Mr Squire said the area is not allowed to become a dedicated memorial, and it is therefore not permitted for them to inscribe that the bike has been installed in Daniel's memory.

A website dedicated to ghost bikes lists all the sites where one has been fixed.

The site, www.ghostbikes.org, says they are "small and sombre" memorials for cyclists who are killed or hit on the street.

In most cases a bicycle is painted all white and locked to a street sign near the crash site, accompanied by a small plaque.

The site says: "They serve as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of cyclists' right to safe travel."

Daniel Squire
Daniel Squire

The first ghost bikes were created in St Louis, Missouri in 2003 and have since appeared in more than 210 locations throughout the world.

As a member of Deal Tri club, Mr Squire was aware before Daniel’s death that cyclists are particularly vulnerable on roads like the A258.

He said: "I wouldn't cycle on there because I know there are alternative routes to take but there are some who will say 'Why shouldn't we be able to ride on there?'"

Video: Daniel's parents speak about the ghost bike

The Ringwould Ghost Bike serves as a reminder to all those cyclists and motorists, that safety and respect is key among all road users.

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