Friday, 30 October 2015

Ghost bikes will have a time limit in Ottawa

June incident on highway #7

UPDATE: This journalist has it wrong. In any situation, a bicyclist will lose with a vehicle. Rider must be vigilant and nothing will protect them except this. Seriously, bikes and trucks collide. People are hit by cars doors. You can't legislate this, and only a cyclist can practice self-defense.

The city’s transportation and planning staff seem not to notice that roadside memorials to people killed in traffic are meant to point accusing fingers at them.

I'm so happy! They are ubiquitous, especially with no rules. The city of Ottawa has a new plan for limiting the ghost bikes we drive-by all the time. This is what lobbying will do! A limit of 90 days.
This is a great idea. I think it so sad that people will only think of a loved one in the place where they died. There is so much more to grief and grieving, and many opportunities to navigate your way through a healthy grieving process. Hospice groups offer group and individual support.
It's a driving distraction, it crowds the sidewalk, and won't prevent another garbage truck from killing a person on a bike. Seriously.

I read about it on my Twitter feed.
Twitter is having some issues, since they've leveled off with new users, and they are finding it hard to earn a profit!

"The notion that this is creating a heightened risk for an accident, I think, is unfounded."

Friends and family who erected and maintain roadside memorials marking the tragic deaths of loved ones say a proposed three-month limit on such tributes is unreasonable.


eileeninmd said...

It is kind of sad to see the ghose bikes and memorials along side of the roads. I would think it would be better for the family and friends to think of happier times. ENjoy your weekend!

Christine said...

Had not heard about the ghost bikes, good the city has a plan.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
that is good news... your point's well made... Grief is not fun but neither ought it to be indulged and I think this is a very sensible solution. YAM xx

William Kendall said...

It's about time. That one down at Riverside and Bank especially.

It might seem harsh, but these are not private cemeteries, they're visual eyesores, and if they're not removed, someone else is going to get killed.

EG CameraGirl said...

It's very sad to know their are so many fatal bike accidents. 90 days sounds like a long-enough time to me for the ghost bikes.

Red said...

It seems that there's much more than bike in these places. I see potted plants and more .

troutbirder said...

That's a new concept for me. Here in Minnesota its usually crosses and artificial flowers....

Powell River Books said...

I don't think I've ever seen one. Of course there are lots of crosses and flowers for car accidents. - Margy