On Aug. 21, 2013, Gary Zammett Sr. rode his bicycle from his Canarsie home to Howard Beach to get a cheesecake for his wife.
He never made it back.
Zammett died after being hit by a car while on his bike at 84th Street and 160th Avenue.
Just steps from where his life ended, a bicycle, painted white, sits tied to a stop sign. Called ghost bikes, such memorials “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,” according to the website of the bike safety group, ghostbikes.com, that sponsors the memorials. There are over 100 ghost bikes in New York City and thousands worldwide.
Jacqueline Junttonen of ghostbikes.com said the city allows the memorials to be placed, but they are relocated if residents or business owners ask for that. Zammett’s memorial sits in front of a ConEd substation.
On Sunday, cyclists will take part in a memorial ride that will visit the site of Zammett’s fatal accident. The ride will commence at 1 p.m. at 94th Street and Liberty Avenue and visit the site of the accident with Zammett’s family at around 1:30 p.m.
Sunday’s ride will also visit the site of Peter Lopez’ fatal accident at Maurice and Borden avenues in Maspeth. Lopez was killed last November.