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Eric from Park Slope says:
[sarcasm]Wow, you guys at the Boorklyn Paper are so funny[/sarcasm] If you cared about cyclists you would have not given any press to the bike vigilante who was gluing bike locks. If I don't like your newspaper can I put glue in the locks to your offices and get in the newspaper to?
Sept. 2, 2010, 9:52 am
Joe from Gowanus says:
The concept of the ghost bike has to be the most stupid thing I've heard in a long time. How long before we have ghost cars at the sites of car accidents. How about a nice flower arrangement instead of some crappy bike.

Cut them all down and throw them in the scrap heap.
Sept. 2, 2010, 10:04 am
Bill from Park Slope says:
Joe,
Traveling along the highways of this country you can find crosses, flower arrangements, signs and banners honoring the dead killed by speeders, drunk, distracted and selfish drivers.

In the city, maybe just because drivers can't speed as much, the victims tend to be the more vulnerable users of the road, and their symbols reflect the users.
Sept. 2, 2010, 10:13 am
mitch from greenpoint says:
haha - this is perfect!
Sept. 2, 2010, 11 am
rafael from parkslope says:
remove all the bikes ,scrap them for cash ,give the money to the homeless .if they dont belong to anyone could i get in trouble if i cut the locks and took the bikes myself ,,,,,,,
Sept. 2, 2010, 12:02 pm
Timothy from Williamsburg says:
@ Bill from Park Slope,

So, by that logic, Joes right? We should put white cars at the sites of fatal car accidents?
Sept. 3, 2010, 9:25 am
Joe from Gowanus says:
That's why we have millions of acres of cemeteries in this area. Put your memorial and pay your respects there.
Sept. 3, 2010, 10:04 am
Aunt_Bike from Staten Island says:
Ghost Bikes raise awareness of traffic safety. Not a bad or unnecessary thing in NYC, I think.

This June in SI, we had a grandmother killed by a car while she was on a sidewalk in a school zone holding a toddler by the hand. We clearly need higher awareness of the circus our roads have become.

http://twitter.com/Aunt_Bike
Sept. 3, 2010, 10:39 am
Cycledrama from Crown Heights says:
It's so true! Go to Adams Street any morning of the work week and who is overwhelmingly parked in the bike lane -- Cops. And not, you know, fighting for truth and justice or whatever they do, just sitting there. Day after day, they don't care. Meanwhile, you've got the traffic cop giving out tickets, ignoring 4 police cars, 5 taxis, and and a delivery truck all parked in the bike lane. Add to that the number of accidents that are caused by cops driving wantonly through red lights... its a disaster.
Sept. 3, 2010, 9:48 pm

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