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Keith Goetzman weighs both sides to the debate:

I sympathize a bit with both the pro- and anti- camps here. As a year-round urban bike commuter, I understand the bikers’ need to mark the places where their own have fallen, and both bikers and motorists can always use more reminders to be careful out there. Nothing does that quite like the bicycle equivalent of a skeleton.

However, I confess that became firmly opposed to roadside automobile death shrines on travels through the Western United States, where they became more common than mile markers in some areas, and often unsightly: From a distance, many looked like crucifixes growing out of a trash heap. Some scenic stretches of road began to feel more like funeral routes.

(Photo by Flickr user Osbornb)

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