There are a ton of cyclists in our area who may be bike commuting, riding for sport, or just taking a leisurely ride. Sometimes, there isn't a well defined bike lane, which can be a dangerous situation on a busy road. Do you know the story behind the white bike chained to the fence outside Ramstein Air Base? If you haven't seen or noticed it, look carefully as you drive along the curve on K25 between Weilerbach and Ramstein Air Base. The bike is a Ghost Bike, and it's a memorial for a member of our community that was killed along that stretch of road. A Ghost Bike is a somber memorial for bicyclists who are killed or hit on the street. A bike, typically donated by a bike shop or individual, is painted all white and secured near a crash site. The purpose of the memorial is to serve as a reminder of a tragedy that took place, and as a quiet statement of support for a cyclists' right to safe travel.
On March 26, 2016, Staff Sgt. Grant Davis was out for a ride on his bicycle when he was struck and killed on the K25, a narrow road outside Ramstein Air Base. At the time of the crash, the driver of the car, Senior Airman Benjamin Hann, had a suspended U.S. Army Europe license. During trial, it was reported that Hann was attempting to pass an SUV, travelling well above the speed limit, on a blind curve and hit Davis in the opposite lane. Davis died from traumatic injuries at the scene of the crash. He was 31, newly-married and highly-regarded in his career field as an evaluator communication system operator on board the C-40, C-37 and C-20 aircraft. Davis was assigned to the 76th Air Lift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base and my husband was proud to have served alongside him and also to call him a friend. When my husband heard the news of Grant's passing, he wanted to create the Ghost Bike and asked the base for approval to place the memorial at the site of the accident. This is how the ghost bike came to be on this stretch of road. It is there in honor of a great soldier, friend, and fellow cyclist. Drive and ride with care.
Here is a link to the story on Stripes: