Former Portland mayor to lead public art bike ride

The BTA and Bud Clark have re-imagined
the famous 1978 poster.

Former Mayor Bud Clark is no stranger to Portland public art or bicycling. In fact he has reached iconic status for both. Clark, who was our mayor from 1985-1992, is known for his promotion and participation in Bike to Work Day and his appearance on the “Expose Yourself to Art” poster made him a household name in the 1970s. (Disclaimer: I had a copy of the poster on my bedroom wall through high school and college without even knowing anything about Clark or Portland).

Now Clark is set to lead the Expose Yourself to Art Ride as part of Pedalpalooza.

Clark posed for the famous poster in 1978 and he has remade it for the BTA with a more bicycle-centric theme. Clark, who owns the Goose Hollow Inn bar and restaurant in southwest Portland, has remained a part of the community since retiring from public office. He has ridden in the annual, invite-only “Policymakers Ride” a few times and he pops up at bike-related and other events throughout the year.

Bud Clark in 2008.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Tomorrow’s ride is co-sponsored by the BTA and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Meet at the 2nd Floor mezzanine of the Portland Building (1120 SW 5th) at 5:30 pm and the ride leaves from in front of the building at 6:00. Also, if you’d like to purchase that awesome BTA poster above, you can buy one at the end of the ride (at Goose Hollow Inn) for $15. They’re also available for purchase online if you can’t make it to the ride.

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