Heights Community says farewell to fallen cyclist

Participants at the ghost bike memorial site, located at the intersections of Lee and E. Scarborough Roads. Photo by Ee Durbin.

On January 31, Heights residents paid their final respects to the late Terrance (Terry) Ryan. Terry was a cyclist and Cleveland Heights resident. He died on December 31 as a result of a bike-motorist collision at the intersections of Lee and East Scarborough Roads on December 28, 2020. 

Family members, neighbors, friends, and bicycling activists came together to commemorate Terry near the accident site. They also installed a ghost bike at the northeastern corner of the intersection. A ghost bike is a bicycle painted in white and set roadside as a memorial at the site where a cyclist was killed, or several were injured, usually by a motorist. It also serves as a reminder to share the road. The ghost bike was generously donated by Ohio City Bicycle Co-op and painted in white by Heights residents Ee Durbin and Evan Guarr. 

A GoFundMe campaigned was launched by a group of Terry’s neighbors to help his family cover funeral expenses. Individuals interested in contributing can click on this link to access the fundraiser.

Laurel Hopwood shares a few words regarding her neighbor, Terry Ryan. Video by Sarah O’Keeffe.


  1. Robert Shwab on February 10, 2021 at 4:45 am

    Thank you for this meaningful memorial to a member of the community.

    • Angel Reyes on February 10, 2021 at 6:14 am

      We appreciate that. 🙂

  2. Mary Ryan -Roman on March 20, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Thank you. Angel, for organizing the ghost bike ceremony ,and writing this article, Sarah, for your work on the videos, and Laurel, for the touching interview about my brother, Terry. And to everyone else who had a hand in this tribute. Terry would be pleased at how he was honored and will continue to be with the permanent placement of the bike. I hope the bike serves as an important reminder to drivers to take more caution when they’re sharing the road with cyclists so. a tragic accident such as this isn’t repeated.

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