This is Portland at its finest: An art contest to create new bike lane characters that’s hosted by the Bureau of Transportation with the aim of getting more young people to read and ride bikes to the library.
Read that last sentence again and think about how many things have to be working right for something like that to happen. (Hints: A great education/encouragement program at PBOT’s Active Transportation Division; streets safe enough for to make neighborhood cycling a viable option for many young people; and a strong, community-supported library system.)
PBOT launched their ‘Bike to Books’ bike lane art coloring contest on May 1st. They received 196 entries and judged them for originality, creativity, and whimsy.
Here are the winners…
Each of these designs will be installed on a Portland street by PBOT maintenance crews. A city spokesperson tells us the locations haven’t been determined yet, but will likely be near the library branch of each individual artist. How cool is that?!
All of these kids will receive four passes to the Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park (including rental gear!).
All these kids will receive a helmet from Portland-based Nutcase.
No prize but honor and 15 seconds of fame for these guys.
Learn more about the Bike to Books program on PBOT’s website.