Sunday, 9 November 2008

Ghost bikes in New Zealand

On a grass verge beside State Highway 14 in rural Northland, propped against a road sign, sits a white bike, stripped back to its frame, forks and wheels. The scenery changes, but this bike is no different to the one chained at the corner of Houston St and Avenue A amid the busy traffic of downtown Manhattan, New York, or even the one painted pink and swathed in flowers placed at an off-road cycleway in York, northern England. Each, and others in 65 cities across the world, commemorates another victim in that unequal struggle between the motorist and the cyclist.