The Triumphant Return Of The Miles Tibbett Ghost Bike

Miles Tibbett

I am sure everyone remembers the saga of The Wellfleet Ghost Bike. The Ghost Bike was a memorial tribute placed on the side of the road for Wellfleet teen Miles Tibbetts who was killed riding his bicycle. Well the Mass Department of Transportation with the type of infinite wisdom that only a state agency can display, decided it had to be removed since it was a ‘danger’ to motorists.

Our original rant on the issue can be read here, and there was a petition here if you want to get the entire history of the saga.

Today we are pleased to announce the bike has mysteriously re appeared. We were notified along with an email from someone close to the operation who also had this to say:

“Those who were part of the Special Ops ‘re-installation team’ know who they are and their muscle and willingness to be up god-awful early for young men on a weekend is greatly appreciated.”

A copy of an email sent to Representative Sarah Peake was also forwarded to us:

“This location is far from any use of the road even for a pedestrian, and was not ever a mown area; the ‘re-installation team’ had to do some brush clearing to site the Ghost Bike. It is anchored with sufficient weight that there is not risk of it blowing over or otherwise easily getting loose and becoming an obstacle (approx. 400 lbs of concrete).

We really feel that this addresses any actual safety concerns, and hope that it will be permitted the same courtesy as all the other Rt 6 memorials.
I hope MA DoT might shift focus to planning for biking lanes and safe crossings.”


Lastly and most importantly included in our correspondence was a little insight into who Miles was and what he meant to his friends;

Miles would have been taking SATs and thinking about which colleges to apply to if he lived this winter. Ray told him he belonged at Harvard. He was bright. Loved to argue his point with persuasion. He was an outstanding member of the Nauset wrestling team, and as a volunteer at Wellfleet Library, taught children how to play chess.

Miles was the friend who everyone trusted. He led the way among a generation of Lower Cape kids finding their way through the landscape of growing up. He embraced fun but could be so serious. They will always remember the Wellfleet 250 celebration fireworks, under the influence of the lively spark that was the spirit of Miles Tibbetts.

Let these kids have their Ghost Bike in memorial. It is easier than arranging a constant fireworks display …

If any of the idiots who were involved in the removal of this bike in the first place are reading this, just let it go. If this bike is removed again we will post one article per day calling out every single person in the Mass DOT by name to let everyone know that they have no empathy for a community mourning the loss of a kid.

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