Bicycle Cycling Tips & Stories--Missouri Bicycle Federation: "Since starting in St. Louis in October 2003, the Ghost Bike movement has gain momentum. Ghost Bike projects have sprouted up in Wisconsin, Seattle, Chicago, New York, Kansas City, and many other places. Wikipedia has an article about the Ghost Bike phenomenon.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch first covered Patrick Van Der Tuin's Ghost Bike project in November 2003. That article has disappeared from the Post-Dispatch's archives but it reproduced in its entirety below.
Patrick's original Broken Bikes-Broken Lives page is here. Photo of the original Ghost Bike on Holly Hills Boulevard, dated 28 October 2003, is here.
St Louis Today Roadside displays focus on plight of bicyclists Published:
Monday, Nov. 17 2003
Bicycling enthusiasts locked 15 mangled bikes to street lamps and sign posts in the area where riders where struck by cars. By Greg Jonsson Of the Post-Dispatch When Patrick Van Der Tuin saw another cyclist hit by a vehicle while riding in a bike lane on Holly Hills Boulevard a few weeks ago, it was the final straw. He decided the time had come for an idea that had been in the back of his mind for a while. So one night, a twisted bike, painted ghostly white and sporting a 'Cyclist Struck Here' sign, appeared at the site where the woman was"