Charlie Prinsep was hit by a car, August 4th, 2007 near Brooks, Alberta. I was visiting my family this September near Lethbridge, Alberta. I had made the suggestion that I could make some sort of memorial for Charlie as a favour for family and friends. When I got a response from Charlie's mom that it was a good idea I was committed.
This last Sunday I recruited my mother to help me make the memorial, which ended up being a bike wheel retrieved from a bike store's trash, some flowers, a laminated sheet with a photo and quote from Charlie's brother, and a convenient fence post.
I convinced my parents to detour to Brooks on my way back to the airport in Calgary and we picked a spot near the entrance to Brooks since I didn't know at the time where he had died. It now looks pretty secure and away from ditch mowers so it may survive a year or two. This is sort of a smaller version of a ghost bike.
I was a bit late in sending out a press release but I ended up talking with a Brooks Bulletin reporter who is really cycling positive and had even participated in Critical Mass rides in Calgary and Toronto. I also spoke with a reporter from the Lethbridge Herald whose kids went to the same school as myself. It was all new to him but he was interested in what I was trying to do and what I was involved in. I will be posting the news items if they get printed in the next few days.