The GHOST BICYCLE indicates the location where a person traveling by bicycle was killed by a car: BY THE CAR, not the bicycle. The GHOST BICYCLES must stay until protection and freedom to travel streets and roads for others not using automobiles is equal. There can be no argument that the automobile is a potentially dangerous device. Special interest pressures have, and continue to promote shirking of the responsibility. This has left many to face danger that would not elsewhere be tolerable. Is it the people not traveling in cars that are the ones that have to be careful? It is the pedestrians and bicycle riders and the bicycles that are dangerous? That is the message? Bow to the automobile for which, maybe along with guns, is what makes this here country great. The notion that bicycles are dangerous is no excuse to try and make road use and safety exclusively for automobiles. That many now lack the skill needed to choose to travel by bicycle rather than automobile can not form the basis of the excuse to not afford road use protection to those choosing to travel by bicycle. The long artificially imposed exclusiveness to automobile use of roads and streets has created a lack of skill to travel by other means. The major threat the bicycling safety comes not from bicycles, but from other's operation of motor vehicles on the roads. The biggest factor of bicycle safety is the factor of the automobile on the road. Bicycle safety must include: road construction that confines the automobile traffic, licensing regulations regarding knowledge of multi vehicular road use i.e. bicycle traffic, enactment of liabilities and penalties concurrent with the liability and responsibilities for the potential danger associated with engagement of the operation of motor vehicles not just to other automobiles, but to all persons using the road. This is what is going to increase bicycle safety. This need for safety can very well go ignored, or unnoticed; thus the reason for the GHOST BICYCLE to signify that on a public road, a person using a bicycle has been killed by a person using an automobile. Those who want to ignore that feel it to be an eyesore; they do not want to see.
It is not a matter of being "allowed" to have a "GHOST BIKE" - the GHOST BIKE is a consequence of something. I am pissed. Yes, someone is pissed because the GHOST BIKES have been placed there because they are directed at that person. The GHOST BIKES are there and seen because there is a lack of accountability, a deficiency in liability for the responsibility of operating a motor vehicle, and that responsibility wants to be shirked by many. This shirking of responsibility is causing endangerment for free travel: freedom to travel by bicycle with the same protection afforded other means of transportation. It is not an issue of eyesore, it is an endangerment of people. Right, you do not want to see that - so you are going to be sore until the issue is sufficiently addressed.
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