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  • This memorial to a fallen bicyclist is not the only one in the city. I, personally, know of at least two more. It is a great credit that they are being left alone. They serve as reminders that, in a city with heavy vehicular traffic, life can be quite perilous.

    In July we can expect 10k bicycles to become available for use by anyone who subscribes to the program. It is a boon to New York that this program was initiated and, of course, it follows a number of other places that already have this amenity.

    The other day I listened to the mayor of London who was being interviewed on the radio. He waxed famous over the London program but, when pressured a bit, he admitted that there are all sorts of traffic violations by riders including going down a one way street the wrong way, bicycling on the sidewalk, jumping traffic lights, threatening pedestrians, and having altercations with drivers.

    I have also witnessed such behavior and have had a number of close calls that could have resulted in serious injury. Nonetheless, I can’t wait until the program starts and I can jump on a bike and take a leisurely ride up the west side of Manhattan, tour parts of the city that I have never visited and/or participate in the many bicycle events that take place.

    I sincerely hope that no more memorials will need to be created - that all concerned--riders, drivers and pedestrians-- will learn to accommodate each other and create an environment that is safe to all.

    Dedicated to Andrew Ross Morgan and all of those killed on bicycles in New York City

    For further information:
    http://velocitynation.com/content/features/2005/andrew-ross-morgan-memorial
    http://eyeteeth.blogspot.com/2010/06/nyc-backpedals-on-ghostbike-removal.html
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