Up on the downs, where the road across the park, Stoke Road, meets Ladies Mile, there's a sign post covered in flowers.
The one at the top says "to my dear brother, taken too soon, love your partner in crime -your ever loving sister Nicky/Richard"
What happened? According to the Evening Post, Mark Pointer, age 36, was on a motorbike which collided with a Vauxhall Vectra. The car driver was treated for shock; the motorcyclist didn't survive. The police have a sign up asking for witnesses. That's all we know.
Somebody died here. Mark Pointer's brother and sister are mourning him; so are his friends and the rest of his family. For the rest of their natural lives, they are going to remember him, and often think "if only..." -if only he'd not gone out at that exact date and time, if only he'd taken a different route, if only the car had done something different, if only Mark had done something different. Those regrets are pretty hard to cope with; there's no easy way to avoid them, and often its mixed with guilt -"if only I'd ..." Sadly, it's too late for any of them -someone died motorbiking over a park in Bristol, and regardless of the underlying causes, they are gone.
Bristol doesn't (yet) have a Ghost Cycle program in operation. We need one for motorbikes as well as bicycles.