Regarding the Aug. 3 news article “Complaints banish ‘ghost bikes’ ”: I am a Durham native but lived 17 years in Florida. It, too, had issues of roadside memorials becoming “eyesores” to some people, and complaints were made. The state decided to make its own memorials so that every auto or pedestrian fatality was addressed in the same manner.
I have passed the ghost bicycle on Hillandale Road many times and have never thought it to be an eyesore. It’s a reminder to me to pay more attention as I drive and to say a prayer for the friends and family of the man who died at that site. I would love to see my home state also come up with a way to pay respect to the people whose lives are taken on our streets and highways.