Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Vienna's ghost bikes disappear over night

Ghostbikes, white painted bicycles, are memorials for cyclists who are killed on the street. They shall warn both motorists and cyclists to take care of each other. First ghostbikes were created in St. Louis, Missouri, but the idea is spreading around the world.

Some time ago some people in Vienna started to create ghostbikes too. Sadly, town officials remove them regularly. In the beginning they used notes as Anna described already. I know of some persons who regularly removed this notes from ghostbikes. Recently ghost bikes were removed over night, without having a note sticked to it before.

Alec Hager from IG Fahrrad (a Vienna based bicycle advocacy group) now started a pedition. He demands that the ghost bikes should be left where they were installed.

3 comments:

Dottie said...

That's messed up. Don't they know what the bikes symbolize? Chicago ghost bikes are never removed, as far as I know.

maff said...

AFAIK the respective district administration is informed whenever a ghost bike is installed. So they do know what the bikes symbolize. I think they just don't like it.

anna said...

There's even an article about it in the online version of a newspaper today.

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