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Painted bikes are placed as a memorial

Two bicycles, painted all white, have been installed recently on the shoulder of U.S. 521 in northern Lancaster County at the site of a fatal cycling accident in October.

The white bikes are a memorial to Lee Anne Barry, 43, of Waxhaw, and Thomas Hoskins, 49, of Columbia, who died in a collision with an SUV. Barry and Hoskins were riding on a cross-country tour to raise money for brain injury awareness. Hoskins died at the scene, and Barry died later at Carolinas Medical Center.

Since the property owners gave permission for the bikes to be on their land, the hope is for the bikes to be a permanent memorial, said Terry Lansdell of Charlotte, who spearheaded the bike installation.

“It's just that subtle reminder” for motorists to remain alert for cyclists on the road, Lansdell said. “As we approach the anniversary of my two friends' death, I wanted to do something that remembers their lives.” Celeste Smith