Toronto : The Good Bike Project

Urban dwellers are well acquainted with the sight of abandoned bicycles that stay locked to poles for months, rusting away and slowly being stripped of all of their parts. In Toronto, Caroline Macfarlane and Vanessa Nicholas decided to do something about it. The artists/gallery managers paint bikes in bright neon colors, sometimes adding planters and flowers to their baskets, and place them around the city.

At first, they ran faced an unappreciative city bureaucracy, their initial piece of bike art in front of their gallery received a ticket for being stored on public property. But since then, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has endorsed what is now called “The Good Bike Project,” which has grown to include 50 reclaimed bikes, and the city government has begun donating abandoned bikes to the artists. “Our intention is to fuel a discussion about cycling and public art in the city,” Macfarlane says.

Here’s a sample of some of the transformed bikes brightening up Toronto’s streets:

The artists will name a bike after anyone who donates $100 oe more to the cause.

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