art gets noticed.
(Photos: Heather Andrews)
Over the weekend, Portland’s roads got a little safer thanks to a bit of effort and a bag (or two) of chalk.
Daniel Johnson (in photo) and Heather Andrews took to the streets over the weekend to literally draw attention to potholes and other road hazards. “I personally have gotten bruised ribs, a broken arm, and a concussion from pothole related accidents,” says Johnson, describing his motivation for the effort.
Daniel hopes the chalk doesn’t just warn other bike riders of dangers, but he also plans to report each one to Portland Office of Transportation. “The best way to deal with a pothole is to get it filled in,” he says, “but the second best way is to make it more visible so that people can easily steer clear of it.”
The ride started at Mt. Tabor and chalked up hazards along the popular bike routes of SE Clinton and Woodward streets.
Daniel said he got lots of smiles and curiosity from onlookers, including a few pessimists who chimed in with, “the city won’t fix that.”
You can see more photos from the ride here.