A second ghost bike has appeared in Floyd County. A ‘ghost bike’ is a bicycle placed where a cyclist had been killed in order to remind vehicles to share the road. This one is placed west of Charles City on Highway 14 where local Brian Lauterbach was killed years ago on his bike.
This is now the second ghost bike that Cyclist Steve Swartzrock has made in the last couple of months. The last one was for the late Ellen Bengtson who was killed on August 2nd south of Charles City along Shadow Avenue north of 240th Street.
Swartzrock says he hopes when people see the bikes that it reminds them to put down their phones while driving. He also promises he will continue to make these bikes if the demand continues.
The plaque for Lauterbach’s bike is yet to be made and will be put up soon.
Bengtson’s memorial has a bible verse on it. From Hebrews 11.1:
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”