Saturday, May 27, 2006

Memorial Day Weekend

Even though Bike to Work week has passed, we like to keep the bike rolling so to speak.

This weekend, the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race starts in Arcata, CA. These people take art bikes to a whole new level...a three day, 40 mile trek. It started today at noon.

Check it out. Read the rules. Get inspired.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Kick off Bike to Work Week

It's official. Bike to Work Week is here and the Art Bike Rally went off with a bang, Rain not Shine. Thanks to all the hardcore art bikers who showed up and got wet. If you missed it, some art bikes are on display at Firecracker Studio, 1917 Winnebago St. for the week. Check it out. Also, check out the calendar of events to celebrate those great people who bike to work for just the week or for the whole year. What an inspiring bunch of people, bikers are.

2006 Art Bikes

The Wacky Wheeler ( made an appearance....
This mother-daughter team was pure creative genius. The Sock Monkey Bike, ridden and designed by Olive, was a sure runner up to bike of the year.
Check out the monkey handle bars on that bike!
Nice View from up there? The Rat Pack, from Chicago shows High Style.
Look again! Check out the push-me, pull-you action. Posted by Picasa

Art Bike of the Year

Art Bike of the year, the "Pine Pony" ridden by Adam was a head turner. He put a lot of work into making this ride.
His trusty sidekick deserves some credit's a heavy bike! Posted by Picasa

Cutest Couple

Above, we have Jessica and Mark who rode the "Push-me, Pull-you" bike (that's Jessica on the left). Posted by Picasa

Rain or Shine!

Rain or Shine, we said it would happen....and it did! The 2006 Art Bike Rally was full of dedicated bikers who showed up in the rain on some really cool bikes.

Big thanks to all the people who worked hard to make this event possible. There are a handful of dedicated volunteers who make this happen every year...and because of them, we can just show up and have some good fun!
This fabulous art bike was inspired by sock monkeys. A classic art bike, this has been around the block a few times...
The grass bike was in full effect, soaking up the rain...
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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

FRIDAY: here's the scoop

The Rally is THIS Saturday!

Please join us Friday for a pre-party and final push to prep all pedal-powered beauties for the parade.

Friday, May 12 from 4 PM - ?
at Russ and Shannons, 201 S. Bram St. (contact for directions

It's a party. Bring some beer, your bike to finish decorating, and any ideas you have for making things run smoothly on Saturday.

We plan to test drive some NEW and FABULOUS art bikes, choreograph some bits and chants, get the MC's PA bike ready, make Insti-Art Bike Streamers for drop-ins on Saturday, make Art Bike cards promoting the website and bikes in general to hand out on Saturday, coordinate volunteer tasks, shuttle bikes to the storage space on the square so they are there bright and early Saturday morning, and meet and hang with our special guests from Chicago, the Rat Pack!

See you there!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

So Sweet!

Easter treats tweet
while rollin' down the street
Madison art bikes on parade
See you this Saturday

Monday, May 08, 2006

115 hours and counting down

The Rally is this coming Saturday, May 13.....I was biking around town quite a bit this weekend and was struck by all the people out on bikes of all sorts of design and function. The east side was teeming with tall and otherwise tricked-out bikes, families on wheels and with trailers, and otherwise cool, self-powered, self-pedaled projects. Does anyone know the folks on Jenifer Street with the new pedicabs parked in the front lawn?

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Help Make an Oragami Bike

The Madison Children's Museum is hosting an Art Bike Making Workshop this Saturday, MAY 6 from 3-4 PM. Guest artist Ruthanne Bessmann will help create many many little oragami creatures to build a one-of-a-kind bike. No need to register, just stop by the Museum (100 State Street) on Saturday and join the fun (Workshop is free with the price of Museum admission).

Contact Kia for more information: 256-6445 ext. 21