Lexington’s Bernard “Joe” Lavins remembered in vigil

Published for The Lexington Minuteman on Oct. 11.

A white bike was chained to the lightpost, surrounded by candles, flowers, and the mournful faces of strangers and friends alike.

“I’m holding this candle for his daughter,” said Angelika Fretzen, at a vigil for Bernard “Joe” Lavins. “I know what it means when your father leaves in the morning and doesn’t come back.”

In Porter Square on Oct. 11, more 100 people gathered in remembrance and dedication of Lavins, who died last week after being struck by a tractor-trailer in Cambridge.

The bike chained to the light post in Porter Square is called a “ghost bike.” As local business owner and avid cyclist John Adams explained, ghost bikes are meant to signify a population which sometimes feels invisible.

“By installing a ghost bike here, we make visible Joe’s life, and death,” Adams said. “We are worthy of being seen.”

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