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Monday, 25 March 2013
Shivon Watson Ghost Bike Threatened with Removal
Shivon ghost bike
The ghost bike in Hackney, east London, England, on the
roundabout of Lauriston Road and Victoria Park Road E9 is threatened to be
removed by Hackney Council on 26 March 2013. The bike is a memorial to Shivon
Watson - who died aged 28 on 10 March 2010 - killed by a skip lorry on her way
The attempted removal according to the notice on the bike,
it is due for removal tomorrow.Cyclist Hannah Caller, a concerned member of the public rang the council who stated that it is law and a statutory
requirement to remove abandoned bikes or things attached to street furniture
and while they recognise this is a memorial, it has to go. On further
questioning of why it has been allowed there for three years, the manager responsible said that
someone or some people have recently made a complaint on aesthetic grounds and
so the council can no longer turn a blind eye.
The council are it is claimed trying to be sensitive as it is the time of Shivon's
birthday and the anniversary of her death, though it is hard to see how
removing the bike will be sensitive.
Either way, if you are keen to see the bike
stay as a reminder of Shivon and indeed as a reminder of the dangers that exist
for cyclists, then please do take the time to make a call and ask for the manager of the enforcement team
responsible for this decision at Hackney Council. The number is 020 8346 4839.
After all, nothing has been done to make that particular roundabout
safer since the incident that took her lifeand if several people
call then it may make them think again.