Ghost ride for fallen cyclist

Mark Jilka
Mark Jilka

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – A ghost bike memorial was set up to remember a Manhattan cyclist.

Cyclists met at the Blue Earth Plaza and rode three miles south of Manhattan on K-177.

That’s where 49-year-old Mark Jilka was killed.

Organizers say they hope to send a message to drivers about safety around bikers.

Fellow cyclist David Colburn said, “Get off your cell phone quit texting. You’re going to kill somebody. We’ve had somebody killed that we loved. And we’re angry about it.”

Ghost ride organizer Aaron Apel says it’s up to both cyclists and drivers to keep the roads safe.

“Cyclists obviously have a responsibility to obey the traffic laws just like a car does,” said Apel. “But a car and a bike going head to head…the bicycle is never going to win. So there is also responsibility on the part of driver to make sure your head’s up and your hands are on the wheel and that you’re focused on what you’re doing.”

Jilka was killed a week ago after a truck hit him while he was riding his bike on the shoulder.



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