Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on September 18th, 2007 at 10:55 am
(All photos by Jonathan Maus)
Yes, the time has come to figure out how to get a “Go by Bike” sign (similar to these) put up somewhere in the city. I have heard this mentioned around various tables in the past, but to my knowledge no one is currently working to make this happen.
The Bike Gallery has recently integrated the “Go by Bike” mantra into their marketing efforts, although I’m not aware of any effort on their part to do a neon sign (although owner Jay Graves would seem like a natural person to take the lead on this).
I asked Radio Cab General Manager Steve Entler about the “Go by Cab” sign that hangs from the side of his building at NW 16th and Lovejoy. He said he copied the other two signs (and also pointed out that the “Go by Streetcar” sign is larger than the code allows). Entler said he just called up a sign company and made it happen.
Dylan Martin, a project manager at Security Signs (the folks who made the “Go by Cab” sign) told me a “Go by Bike” sign would run $6-7,000. I think if all the ducks lined up, we’d have no trouble raising that much money.
So, shall we form a volunteer committee to make this happen? Does anyone out there know a business owner or building owner with a good location that might be interested in doing this?
I’ve heard people say it should go on the Hawthorne Bridge, but I think there would be way too much red tape to put a sign on a county (or state) owned facility versus a privately owned building.
So who’s in?
UPDATE: Check out the new signs (installed in Spring) at the Bike Gallery Stores in Division and Woodstock.