In a recent development, Mark Graham, the proprietor of York’s longest-running ghost walk, has weighed in on the debate surrounding a mysterious video capturing a riderless bike traversing a historic city center street. The intriguing CCTV footage, shared by Shambles Market on social media, showcases the bike making its way into Little Shambles before abruptly toppling over after colliding with a curb.
Posted on social media on September 13, the video has garnered significant attention, amassing 29,300 views on X (formerly Twitter) and receiving numerous likes and comments on Facebook. A multitude of Facebook users have expressed their opinions on the matter, with some expressing skepticism that the bike had simply been pushed into the street.
One user, Katie Toms, voiced her doubt, suggesting, “If it rolled down the middle of the street I’d be impressed. Not impossible to roll it out of the alleyway.” Conversely, Jemma Black contended, “It does look like someone’s riding it unsteadily though, it wobbles like when a child is learning. Maybe a drunk in camouflage gear.”
Mark Graham, the owner of The Original Ghostwalk of York, shared his perspective with The Press. While he expressed doubt that the video depicted paranormal activity, he acknowledged its mysterious nature. His ghost walk itinerary takes participants through Shambles, an area known for its history of unexplained incidents.
Mark recounted stories from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, during which individuals claimed to have witnessed mysterious figures appearing in doorways, only to vanish moments later. “York is a great place for unusual occurrences, and Shambles is no exception,” Mark commented. He drew an analogy, likening ghost stories to jigsaw puzzles, suggesting that each piece reveals a part of the full picture.
Regarding the riderless bike incident, he stated, “I don’t think it’s anything significant at the moment. That appears to be an isolated incident, though it might be linked to others. I would urge anyone with information to come forward.”
The Original Ghostwalk of York is a nightly event that commences from the King’s Arms. Among the tales shared during the walk, one centers on the ‘lost boy’ of York, who has reportedly been spotted in various locations across the city center before mysteriously disappearing once more.