“Where are we going, today?” asked the students as they loaded into our Driver Ed car. I suppressed a smile as their eyes grew wide in disbelief at hearing my response. Our journey, that beautiful autumn day, would include a visit to a Ghost Bike. As expected, the term had captured their imagination, and aroused their curiosity.
With the first of four drivers behind the wheel, we journeyed on, as I queried them about the various warning signs along the way. We were passing through an historical area and an area where there were bike trails and many signs indicating shared roadways and bicycle crossings. We took note of the speed limits and discussed the curvaceous conditions of the roads and lack of shoulders. When they remarked that the posted limit seemed too fast, we discussed the meaning of the term prudent and the Basic Speed Law.
Just about the time when they asked “why would anyone ride a bike here when there is not much space,” we came upon a few bicyclists. They soon realized their only option was to stay back and patiently share the road. We had arrived just in time to switch drivers, and we pulled into a driveway at the edge of an apple orchard. We all exited the car, and it was then they noticed the Ghost Bike. Not quite the adventure they had imagined.
In that sobering moment, as I explained the history of the Ghost Bike, they could see the consequences of irresponsible driving and how it changed eternity for at least two families and their friends. The return journey was quiet and thoughtful, and careful; and hopefully they will return safely as Responsible Drivers from all of their future journeys.
Enjoy your journey. And please remember to share the road. Blessings to you!