ghost bikes

In communities across America, bicycles are placed in static display along roadways to mark the locations of tragic transpirations that resulted in the death or severe injury of a cyclist. Painted uniformly white these bicycles contrast starkly with the surrounding environment to draw the eyes of passersby — motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists alike — to the exact spot where previously, tragically, a motorist’s focus was not drawn and which, at that time, was occupied by the victim. These markers are evocative, but the evoked response is unique to each observer and likely incongruous with the intended message. Continue reading “ghost bikes”