This is tribute number #2 of the Ghost Bike Series. This bike is dedicated to Blanca Ocasio and the location information can be found below. If your in the neighborhood, its a beautiful memorial and deserves a look. Its so very lovingly tended to and well keep. This young lady’s friends and family keep the memory going still today and I only hope this photograph does the scene justice.
Blanca Alicia Ocasio
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
W. Armitage and N. Kedzie
Chicago , IL 60647
From the Chicagoland Bicycle federation:
A ghost bike honoring 19-year-old Blanca Ocasio was installed on Sept. 11, 2008 in Logan Square, marking the one-year anniversary of her tragic death.
Blanca, a 19-year-old Northeastern University student, was riding her bike east on Armitage when a garbage truck struck her at the Armitage and Kedzie intersection. The driver was cited with making an improper turn.
Friends and family will gather to remember Blanca, who was killed last year.
“I love my daughter so much, and I am going to miss her, and she was only 19,” said her mother, Martha Ocasio.
Thirty-seven-year-old Martha Ocasio said she finds the strength to let the world know how good a daughter Blanca Ocasio was.
Ocasio is survived by her mother and four siblings.
In May, 24 year-old teacher Amanda Annis was killed at the same intersection.
These senseless deaths have prompted Logan Square residents and the Logan Square Walks organization to call for that intersection to be studied. The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation has partnered with Logan Square Walks and the Logan Square Neighborhood Association to recommend design improvement that would make the intersection safer.