Friday, February 27, 2009
The widely-respected urban bicycling magazine, Urban Velo, has represented Atip's Ghost Bike/Memorial in their latest issue.
In Urban Velo's issue #11, the primary focus is dedicated to Ghost Bikes across America, as you can tell by the cover.
The story itself was written by Portland's Rev Phil, who was in San Diego during the final week and final day in which Atip's Ghost Bike was present at the University Ave & Park Blvd. intersection, before it was dishonestly removed by Street Divisions, a department w/in the City of San Diego, who removed the bike despite wide public support and despite the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and the North Park Planning Committee's official support for the presence of the Ghost Bike.
Rev Phil offers a somber conclusion, in his piece: "One behavior I have tried to curb is my referring to these incidents as "accidents." While I generally hope that most drivers are not trying to actively harm cyclists I feel that the automatic assumption of "best intentions" is wrong. Spilled milk is an accident. 43,000 deaths involving auto collisions is an epidemic."
Visit http://urbanvelo.org/ for more info pertinent to ghost bikes, bike advocacy, and bicycling culture in general.