Monday, August 13, 2018

‘Ghost bike’ a grim reminder of tragedy

From San Joaquin-

“Bless all who ride,” Deacon Stephen Bentley proclaimed during his prayer dedication Sunday over the city’s first ghost bike on the outskirts of southeast Stockton where 53-year-old Robert Tristan was killed in 2016 by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bicycle home.

“Ghost bikes serve as a reminder of our brothers and sisters who were struck down while pedaling. They are placed in areas of the city where riders have fallen, as a remembrance of those who have died, offer comfort to those who mourn, and restore hope to the broken-hearted,” Bentley said during the brief ceremony attended by Tristan’s tight-knit family and their supporters.

Bentley, with St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in downtown Stockton, runs the church’s bicycle ministry and as such, operates HUB — Helping Urban Bicyclists — that provides refurbished bikes to the homeless and other struggling residents for whatever they can afford.

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