Monday, November 18, 2019

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Yesterday marked the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year, the event remembers the millions of people killed and injured on the world’s roads. The day is also used to thank the emergency services and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster to families, communities and countries, and to focus on ways to halt it.

A ghost bike in Newark in memory of a cyclist who was killed

Photo Credit: Brick City Bike Collective

This year’s theme was “Life is Not a Car Part,” which advocates for safer vehicles. To learn more visit

Several local organizations marked the day with memorials. Safe Street JC and Bike JC in Jersey City held a memorial at the Broadway and Routes 1&9 in the Heights neighborhood, where Jerome Holmes, was struck and killed on November 5. The names of other crash victims were read aloud during the event. Visit the Bike JC Instagram page to view photos and videos from the memorial.

The Brick City Bike Collective and the Newark Community Cycling Center observed the event with a bicycle ride from the cycling center on Park Place to the sites of two ghost bikes, one on McCarter Highway and the other in the Ironbound neighborhood. The ghost bikes are used to mark the locations where cyclists were killed. The Newark ghost bikes were placed in memory of Kevin Milfort-Sanchez and Renato Roberto Gomes, who were both killed in 2018.