As you’ve heard by now a 23 year old cyclist named Ilia Parkin was killed by a hit and run driver on Monday which has made those of us who regualrly ride bikes around LA stop and consider a few things. If the vigil on Wednesday night was small and somber, last nights events were anything but. As Markland mentioned there was a memorial ride in Ilia’s honor last night, tracing the route he rode to and from work, but there were also several other previously scheduled rides around LA that all modified their routes to end at the fountain at Wilshire & Santa Monica at midnight. We arrived a little before then and the scene was intense. Hundreds of cyclists, hundreds of candles, and the installation of ghost bike. The photos I snapped on my phone turned out terrible but this one by IAAL/MAF member Stephen Roullier is pretty amazing. This bike is painted all white, has a plaque engraved with Ilia’s name and info, and is permanently locked in place on the corner. I say permanently because there are several chains and locks and this is ment to be a memorial, but it is a major intersection in Beverly Hills so it’ll be interesting to see how long it’s tollerated. Regardless, last night was an emensely touching event, and something anyone who was a part of will remember for quite some time.