The City of Ottawa is likely to pass a motion that will put on time limit on grief.
The Transportation Committee has made the decision that ghost bikes and other types of roadside memorials will be green-lit for up to 6 months before they’re dismantled.
The original recommendation was for a three month limit, but constituents weren’t too pleased with that idea!
“We heard a lot from all sorts of people across the city with all sorts of varying views…all quite respectful of one another, but all very different” says Keith Egli, chair of the Transportation Committee. “We had to find somewhere in the middle and I think the six months works.”
Many motorists view roadside memorials and ghost bikes as distractions that could lead to accidents. Others view these congregations of candles, painted bikes, framed photos, and flowers as trash and clutter.
One cyclist told CTV News Ottawa HERE that “the ghost bikes provide a really good way of drivers and communities to understand the threats that come to cyclists here.”
Is it fair to put a time limit on these memorials? Would you want somebody to mark the site on the side of the road where you perished?