I’m guessing that the Brandie Bailey ghost bike being tossed over the schoolyard fence is connected to the major water pipe replacement happening on East Houston Street. Since the Obama motorcade where the cops clipped locks and carted off all the bikes along Houston Street, this memorial bike has been leaning against its usual pole without a lock or plaque and looking bent and ragged. If it was found by school maintenance it is likely they put it aside, as the memorial bike must be well known to them.
The cops clipped locks and carted off all the bikes along Houston Street for Obama’s motorcade up and down Houston Street when he spoke at Cooper Union the other day. Someone retrieved the bike, but the memorial plaque is gone.
What that durn red nosed dog placed on the Brandie Bailey ghost bike’s seat is an irreverent but not totally unaesthetic addition. Those artificial flowers, still vibrant from the memorial in May, have tarted up the bike of late, possibly drawing the attention of the dog. Previously real flowers were used and when they faded, the dried remnants gave a more solemn air.
Beginning in June 2005, members of Visual Resistance have been creating small and somber memorials for New York City bicyclists killed by automobiles. Each time a biker is killed, a bicycle painted all white is locked to a street sign and a small stenciled plaque is bolted in place above it.
The installations are meant as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of bikersâ€™ right to safe travel. It was inspired by Ghost Bike Pittsburgh, which was in turn inspired by a similar effort in St. Louis. In recent months, Ghost Bikes have appeared in cities across the country, as well as in the UK. visualresistance.org/wordpress/ghostbikes