Bicycle Rack Recovered from WTC on Exhibit at 9/11 Memorial Museum

A bicycle rack from Vesey Street is displayed in the Museum before its opening. The rack was damaged and covered in dust and debris during the 9/11 attacks. A large image from Ground Zero stands to the left of the rack.
Bicycle rack located on Vesey Street at the northern edge of the World Trade Center complex during the attacks. (Photo by Jin Lee)

A bicycle rack found largely intact on Vesey Street after the attacks on September 11, will be a part of the historic 9/11 Memorial Museum when it opens this May.

Bicycle racks were available as amenities for riders, including business tenants in the towers. By 2001, their primary users were messengers with documents and workers delivery orders from nearby delis and restaurants. At 8:46 a.m., when Flight 11 hit the North Tower, bicycle delivery traffic would have been active into the World Trade Center.

This rack and the bicycles locked to it were shielded from the impact of cascading debris of the Twin Towers by 5 World Trade Center, keeping it mostly undamaged. In the aftermath of 9/11, only one owner stepped forward to claim his bicycle, still locked to the rack after he spray painted to word “save” in front of it. The status of the other owners and riders is unknown.

By Margaret Barng, 9/11 Memorial Deputy Communications Manager

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