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Park Bike Art in a Bike Lane

Mar 15, 2010 @ 10:43

Originally posted as a comment in the group, “Bikelanes & Infrastructure”, topic “Anger as Cars Clog New Simcoe St. Bike Lane“.

Bikeroo said 7 hours, 22 minutes ago:

“If it’s ok to park a car in a bike lane it should be ok the park a bike in a “car” lane.”

I like the idea of taking this further with a little collective non violent direct action. But instead of blocking traffic like they do us, let’s take the high road, and idle some ‘bikes’ in the BIKE LANE on Simcoe St..

We can’t use the bike lane – so lets turn it into an art project!

The production would be a collective effort, but I’m thinking of cut-outs made of cardboard, painted in ‘happy’ colours, placed every two metres along the Taxi Stand/Bike Lane in question.

This is a media project – we’d have PASSIVE picture or video reporters there to record events what will almost certainly happen (if my read of human nature is on).

Eventually some bright Cabbie is going to figure out that they can just move the obstacle, or push it out of the way with the bumper of their cab – better yet – a police officer is tasked to clear it away.

As our art is being man handled or destroyed we do nothing to interfere – we just record the event! The media we capture will be good copy for established media and worth more to expedite change than a few parking tickets.

The time we spend creating beautiful replicas with slogans is key I think. This is an ad essentially, from cyclists point of view. The more we can make our art appear non offending and sympathetic the better. The best way I know of making sympathetic art is to have LOTS of different people making it. To this end we organize a art meet-up, cyclists and their families come to a fun painting project to make cut outs of bicycles into colourful inspiring objects.

We would be using all the tricks of advertising, in reverse: bottom-up instead of elite-down.

Some examples; a parent carrying a baby in a child seat behind, a child cycling for fun, an elderly couple on a tandem, tourists touring, waving, big smiles, wrap around sun glasses…

A slogan we could use in a press release could say, to borrow from Bikerooo,..

“If it’s OK to park a car in a bike lane – it should be OK to…

Park Bike Art in a Bike Lane.”

What do you think?



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