A “ghost bike” is chained to a post in the University District on September 10, 2011, in honor of Robert “Storm” Townsend, a 23-year-old Arlington native who was killed by a car while delivering sandwiches for Jimmy Johns on University Way NE. Dozens of ghost bikes have been placed around Seattle as silent memorials at the sites of deadly bicycle accidents since the Missouri-based ghostcycle.org launched in 2005.
Different Spokes: The Life of a Seattle Cyclist
Regarded as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation, Seattle’s love of all things two-wheeled runs deep and wide (like a sharrow). In our city, spirited battles rage over street access, cyclists’ rights and how best to keep pedalers safe, as our streets teem with their growing numbers. Bicycles get us around, but they also define us, refine us and give us a visceral sense of community, whether we’re bike commuters or baby haulers, messengers or mud fanatics—or weekend warriors taking in the sheer joy of a sunny-day spin along the Burke-Gilman Trail. We offer this snapshot of Seattle’s diverse and thriving bicycling scene.
Photographs by Charles Peterson
With additional photos by Stuart Isett, Mike Hone and Russell Lo