Quick, someone start a Facebook page called: “open letter to NYC sanitation: ghostbikes are NOT eyesores.”
Article in NY Daily News:
Sanitation Department wants to remove ‘eyesore’ bike-death memorials
BY ADAM LISBERG, EDGAR SANDOVAL AND KATHLEEN LUCADAMO
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Monday, June 21st 2010, 4:00 AM
The city says it’s time to give up the ghost.
Ghost bikes, painted white and chained to street signs, light posts and fences as tributes to New Yorkers killed by cars, could soon be cut from their hallowed spots under a new city plan.
Read the complete article here.
Seriously, this is part of the continued lack of respect for cycling in NYC.
The city should encourage this memorial and not treat it like eyesores. It’s the least it can do for these people and there families in the absense of any investigation into these deaths or making substantial policy change. Why not work with the bicycling community and at least put in memorial bike racks. Something. Same thing with abandoned bikes. The city refuses to enforce on bike theft, then takes a hard line when bikes get stripped and calls it eyesores. What really needs to happen is cyclists need to become more organized as a voting block and tell politicians how we really want this city. Let’s form a cyclist party.