Delancey St. Ghost Bike Brand
Near Ludlow. They don't even bother to say who the cyclist was anymore. Beyond being another monument to biking in the guise of a personal memorial, it's basically an ad for the website. Typical, except for the nakedness of its promotional intent.
8th Ave. Ghost Maker
I saw a bike accident scene at 8th Ave. & 34th St. early last week, across from Penn Station. Near the end of the week, further up 8th Ave., I watched as a biker pedaled right in between lanes of cabs jostling for position in front of the Port Authority, as if she was invulnerable in a make-believe world.
Whose fault is it when oblivious people, like eggshells on two wheels, are encouraged to think it's their right to ride into the teeth of traffic? Especially when a substantial part of that traffic -- buses, trucks and other work vehicles, even cabs -- is, unlike bikes, necessary to the functioning of the city?
The "biking is important" statement the NYC DOT is making with the green lane along tumultuous 8th Ave. between Penn Station and the Port Authority -- two of the most important mass transit hubs in NYC, serving around a half million commuters a day -- would be laughable if it didn't make it obvious the DOT expects the rest of the city to stop what's it's doing and tiptoe around those who'd rather bike than use the subway, and if it didn't pretty much guarantee more opportunities for the Ghost Bike brand.