Ghost bikes targetted by new bylaw
Paddy Dussault said he isn’t going to be battling the city if someone shows up to haul away the “ghost bike” he maintains on a weekly basis.
City staffers released a potential bylaw on Wednesday which–if enacted–will allow a 90-day grace period for mourning friends and family to erect “roadside memorials” of loved ones killed in accidents. But after the 90 days, the memorial will be removed for public safety while attempting to tread the line of being compassionate.
This law would affect the ghost bike memorializing Dussault’s wife, Meg, who died at age 55 when she was struck by a dump truck in 2013 in the intersection of Bank St. and Riverside Dr.
He’s been a guardian to the spot–albeit on public property–ever since, by shovelling the snow or picking the weeds as needed.