Ghost Bike Memories Getting Pieced
Those ghost bike memorials, despite being painted entirely in white, are starting to get parts stolen as they sit unattended and basically neglected. I suppose this is inevitable, but a conversation has begun whether this is the equivalent of stealing a graveyard headstone. These ARE memorials, though they do go neglected and sit in public spaces both taking up potential bike parking and lend to the idea that there are no “eyes on the street”. As this article points out, there isn’t much discussion as to the assumed longevity of these memorials and whether anyone should expect them to stay forever or get relocated at some point. So at what point does a well-intentioned memorial turn into an eyesore, or worse, a hazard and what should be done with them? We obviously can’t have a city crowded with ghost bikes as more and more cyclists get rundown by inattentive or reckless drivers. The comment section in the above article has good points from either side of the debate, but what do you think? Should we expect them to go untouched, should they be removed by the city after a specific period or should they be relocated to a final resting place elsewhere?