Blog Post: Ghost Bikes Policy Review

paddy-dussault-cleans-the-area-by-his-wife-meg-dussaults-gThe issue of ghost bikes surfaced this week due to a staff Transportation Committee report on the subject of temporary roadside memorials. For those who don’t know what the term means, a ghost bike is “a bicycle painted white and left as a memorial at a site where a cyclist was fatally injured by a collision with a motor vehicle.” They are a reminder of the vulnerability of cyclists.

The report recommends that ghost bikes, and all temporary roadside memorials, only be allowed to remain near the site of a collision for three months from the time the City is made aware of the location. I cannot support the three month time frame because it does not provide grieving families and friends with enough time to mourn the death of their loved one at the site of their memorial ghost bike.

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Letter signed by Councillors McKenney, Leiper, and Nussbaum regarding Bill 73


Councillors Tobi Nussbaum, Jeff Leiper and I wrote to the Standing Committee on Social Policy at Queen’s Park on October 31, 2015 with our support for several provisions in Bill 73, Smart Growth for Our Communities Act.

We are largely supportive of the changes being proposed, which we consider will strengthen residents’ voices in planning our city, though we are asking the Province to re-visit two issues.

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Reevely: The city is totally tone-deaf on ghost bikes

paddy-dussault-cleans-the-area-by-his-wife-meg-dussaults-gSome politicians realize there’s a problem. Downtown Coun. Catherine McKenney says the 90-day time limit on memorials is too short even for purely commemorative purposes. More broadly, she wants examinations of collisions — at least deadly ones, maybe others — to see whether anything under the city’s control might have prevented them.

“I’m not interested in blame,” she says. “I’m interested in seeing what we can do to keep it from happening again.”

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New memorial for victims of drunk drivers to send ‘powerful message’

011 web versionA new Ottawa city memorial for victims of impaired drivers had Mayor Jim Watson recalling his own close call with a drunk driver.

City councillors passed Coun. Catherine McKenney’s motion to install a new commemorative marker at Ottawa City Hall’s fountain near the Laurier Avenue West entrance.

MADD Ottawa, which turns [20] this year, is paying for the installation of the memorial.

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