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Bike Memorial Placed in Honor of Christopher Benton

ghostbike_cbFairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling was saddened to learn that Christopher Benton died on Nov. 22 as the result of a collision with a motorist at Fort Hunt and Belle Haven Roads. The crash occurred on Nov. 14.

ghostbike_cbFairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling was saddened to learn that Christopher Benton died on Nov. 22 as the result of a collision with a motorist at Fort Hunt and Belle Haven Roads. The crash occurred on Nov. 14.

A ghost bike has now been placed at the site of the crash. A ghost bike is a white bicycle set up as a roadside memorial in a place where a cyclist has been killed. Besides acting as a memorial to Benton, it is intended as a reminder to passing motorists to share the road.

Benton was an avid cyclist who discovered bicycle touring in 1993. From 1994 to 1999 he toured throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2001 he started cycling to work four to five days a week, 26 miles round trip. Benton also used his bicycle for transportation on short trips around his neighborhood.