Ghost bike commemorates fallen comrade

A ghost bike dedicated to Roy Sekreta after his 2008 crash.
A ghost bike dedicated to Roy Sekreta after his 2008 crash.

The Duke City Wheelmen Foundation will dedicate a ghost bike to Dan Montoya, Saturday at 9 a.m. The memorial will take place east of I-25 on Tramway.

The ghost bike commemorates Montoya's fatal crash with motorist Bruce Wickensburg on May 12. Wickensburg says he lost consciousness behind the wheel, according to the accident report.

Montoya, 54, a well-known member of the bicycling community, worked for Honeywell Aeronautics as a senior electrical engineer until his death. He is survived by his wife Deb Rivera, relatives and friends.

Jennifer Buntz, founder of the Duke City Wheelmen Foundation, will say a few words at Saturday's dedication about Montoya and bicycle advocacy efforts around the city. The event is open to the public.

Since its start in 2010, the Duke City Wheelmen Foundation has installed 12 ghost bikes throughout the city. The Albuquerque City Council passed a law last March protecting the ghost bikes as descansos, or roadside memorials. The foundation receives donated bikes for volunteers to sandblast and spray-paint white.

Another dedication will take place July 30 for Matt Trujillo, a cyclist who was killed in an unrelated car crash on May 12.