Ghost Bike ceremony honors fallen cyclist

BOND HILL, OH (FOX19) - A fallen cyclist was remembered with a Ghost Bike ceremony in Bond Hill on Tuesday night.

Ronald Richardson died on Sept. 11 after being struck by a Metro bus while riding his bicycle. The Cincinnati Cycle Club, MOBO Bicycle Co-op and Queen City Bike came together to organize the event.

"Ronnie was a wonderful son. He took care of me. He was just like an angel to me but I'm going to miss him," said Juanita Goolsby.

During the event, an all-white ghost bike will be placed at the accident scene to pay tribute to Richardson.

"Visibility is really important for cyclists," said Nern Ostendorf, executive director of Queen City Bike. "We don't have those big headlights like cars have and were also usually going at a lot slower speeds."

"When you have a light on your bike, people suddenly think you're a legitimate vehicle. And they treat you much differently," said rider Glen Talaska.

Organizers hope the bike will remind cyclists and motorists to share the roads. The ceremony kicked off at 7 p.m. at 1301 California Avenue.

Funeral services for Richardson will be held Wednesday beginning at 10 a.m. at Bond Hill Presbyterian Church. The burial will follow at the Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.

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