In passing there doesn’t seem to be anything unusual about the bicycle tied to a lamppost opposite the Stoke Newington Railway, but then something doesn’t seem quite right… eventually it dawns on me that not only is it a white bike but the wheels are white too. What does it mean? Is it an East End art installation or a marketing gimmick?
Closer inspection reveals the bike has been painted and has a bunch of dried flowers hanging off the handlebars. Far from being trendy street furniture, the bike is part of a phenomenon known as ghost bikes – a memorial to cyclists that have been killed on the road. This particular one is for Lucinda Ferrier who died last year and there is another one further down the Kingsland Road at the corner of Middleton Road commemorating Antony Smith – also known as ‘Smudge’.