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Removal Of Memorial In Dupont Spurs Outrage

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Alice Swanson was riding her bicycle to work when she was struck and killed by a garbage truck. Swanson was 22-years-old.

Shortly after her death, Swanson's friends and family erected a memorial at the site of her death near Dupont Circle. It was a bicycle entirely painted white, known in the cycling community as a ghost bike. The memorial stood for more than a year.

But on Friday afternoon, workers in the Mayor's office removed the ghost bike, without informing Swanson's family.

L. Morrow is a newspaper vendor who works in Dupont. He says he used to leave a newspaper in the basket of Swanson's ghost bike as a tribute and he's "appalled at the Mayor for taking that bicycle away like that."

The Mayor's spokespeople declined to comment on this story. The Washington City Paper reports that complaints from nearby businesses led to the bike's removal.

David Schultz reports...

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