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'Ghost Bike' In Honor Of Cyclist Killed In Cambridge Burned In Fire

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – A "ghost bike" in honor of a bicyclist killed in Cambridge was set on fire Thursday night and police are trying to find out who's responsible.

Officers were called about the fire in Porter Square around 6:30 p.m. and the flames were quickly put out. No one was hurt.

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The Ghost Bike in Porter Square in Cambridge was set on fire Thursday, March 11, 2021 (Photo credit: Jess Fox)

In the Boston area, the white "ghost bikes" are placed at sites where cyclists have been killed.

Peter Cheung, the founder of Ghost Bikes Boston, told WBZ-TV this bike is in honor of Joe Lavins, who died there in 2016. Lavin's friend Ken Carlson from the Somerville Bike Committee restored it Friday.

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Peter Cheung with the restored ghost bike in honor of Joe Lavins in Porter Square. (WBZ-TV)

"I was very upset," Cheung said. "Hopefully it's a random act of vandalism and not anything against cyclists."

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