The city heard the outcries of families of loved ones killed by motor vehicles and decided not to remove the ghost bike memorials.
NY Daily News story:
City nixes plan to remove ‘ghost bike’ tributes after outcry from families of dead cyclists
BY Frank Lombardi and Katie Nelson
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Monday, June 21st 2010, 6:54 PM
City hall has nixed a plan to yank the poignant “Ghost Bike” tributes after an outcry from the families of the dead cyclists they memorialized.
Painted white and chained to signposts and fences near where New Yorkers were run down, the bikes were to be removed come September under a Sanitation Department plan revealed exclusively Monday in The News.
“A memorial bicycle (ghost rider) will only be removed … if the memorial bicycle meets the derelict bicycle criteria,” the department said in a statement Monday. That means if the memorial bike is in bad shape – missing tires, handlebars, or pedals – it still may be clipped from its post.
The original removal plan was to give a 30-day notice and then, no matter what, trash the bikes that were put up by the Street Memorial Project, a community group. The city’s sudden change of heart was welcome news to the families of the dead cyclists.
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