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'Ghost 'markers for violence to inspire safety

What might be the quiet statement in support of women's right to safety? inspired by Ghost Bikes that are small and somber memorials for bicyclists who are killed or hit on the street. A bicycle is painted all white and locked to a street sign near the crash site, accompanied by a small plaque. They serve as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of cyclists' right to safe travel.

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Great analogous inspiration, Lee. Here in NZ, one often sees flowers tied to road signs or roadside structures – where people have been killed in road accidents. It serves as a reminder to think about road safety. Good provocation around how we might keep safety in people's minds – right at the sites at where it has been neglected. Here's a thought – How might we do this in a way that sparks the notion of *aspiration* amongst communities – to rally them to see safety as a matter of collective pursuit? Looking forward to seeing more of you on this challenge...

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In Colombia, the government launched a similar initiative recording the drivers and pedestrians killed on the streets, called Black Stars -Estrellas Negras-. The difference was that they started putting the name of the victim and the date of the incident and later, because of the relatives of the deceased person issues, they switched to just put the count number of how many starts have been painted.

We do not have the flowers Meena mentions in the cities but those are very common on roads of rural areas.

I like this idea because every time I spot one, it makes me think of how I am contributing to the solution.

I think this addresses in a superior way the geolocation of the incidents, as the augmented reality has better results for constrained processes, such as traffic monitoring or address searching.

This is one of the campaign ads:
Translation: Stop. Listening to the stars has never been this important. Listen to what the stars tell you.
(on the floor: In 2004, 1025 motorbike riders died on traffic accidents).

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Great share, Daniel!