West End Word tackles Ghost Bikes, cyclist assault

A recent editorial in the West End Word discusses the assault of a cyclist in Richmond Heights and the Ghost Bike Project:
[T]oo many motorists in St. Louis either don’t know bicyclists have the right to use the road or refuse to acknowledge that right. . . .

According to the laws of Richmond Heights and Missouri, bicyclists are "granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle." . . .

The Ghost Bike Project is an effective and creative way to remind motorists to share the road. While it has only been in existence for a little over a month, the project has received national and international media attention and has caught on in Austria, Italy and France.

"We hope that the project will bring the attention of drivers back to the road (off the cell phone, car radio, kids in the back seat) and the fact they are driving a 2,000-pound piece of machinery," says Van Der Tuin. "We are not blaming all car-versus-bike accidents upon the drivers but accept that it goes both ways. We are more concerned with those that take no responsibility for an automobile."