City Set to Remove Ghost Bike Memorials; City Sucks

08/23/2010 2:36 PM |

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A new set of Dept. of Sanitation guidelines for derelict bicycles includes a mandate for the removal of “ghost bikes,” those haunting white bicycles set up across the city as memorials to cyclists killed by cars. If these guidelines (which take effect in October) are followed to the letter, it would mean an end to the 70-odd ghost bike memorials currently in place. As Leah Todd, spokeswoman for the NYC Street Memorial Project, told the Brooklyn Paper: “The rules themselves define ghost bikes as ‘derelict. Nobody is in favor of these rules. Nobody.”

Quick, somebody call Chuck Schumer! (Or at the very least just let the community boards decide.)