A chilling reminder

Posted on Jul 26, 2013

GhostbikeToday’s sketch is a sombre scene from the Scottish Parliament. The mist falls on Arthur’s Seat behind two bicycles chained to railings. Both bikes are painted completely, tyres included, white.


The ‘Ghost bikes’ were positioned in front of the Scottish Parliament on Monday morning by a group of cyclists campaigning to make Scotland a safer place to cycle for everyone.

Ghost bikes have been used around the world to mark places where a fatal accident occurred, acting as both a memorial and a warning. The two bikes at Holyrood represent not just the nine people killed already this year on Scotland’s roads, but also the other 28 casualties since 2009.


I love cycling in Edinburgh and one day hope to encourage my young children to do the same. We all need to work together to make it safer to do so.


For more information visit the PedalonParliament website HERE.


  1. EdinburghSketcher
    26th July 2013

    Thanks Tom, I do like drawing bikes, not sure why 🙂 Here’s a sketch of my racer… http://edinburghsketcher.com/2013/05/12/great-day-for-a-ride/

  2. Tom Orr
    26th July 2013

    Bikes are so hard to draw but you’ve nailed those and kept it loose. Makes a good point too.

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