A few blocks down I saw another at Trinity Bellwoods. I started wondering if I was hallucinating.
Did someone randomly go on a spray paint rampage?
As a street art enthusiast, I look for interesting art movements and pieces around Toronto.
These neon bikes made me wonder... Is this art or random vandalism?
After chatting with some artist friends, I learned that the bikes are part of a bigger movement. The Good Bike Project was started by OCAD students as part of the good, a blog about Toronto’s creative community. The project recycles abandoned bikes and transforms them into green art.
These installations raise conversation about regenerating communities and adding colour to drab landscapes.
Have you noticed any neon bikes in your neighbourhood?
Each colour has a different meaning.
THE ORANGE GOOD BIKES
mark sites important to emerging artists in Toronto
THE MAGENTA GOOD BIKES
mark site of art historical significance in the city
THE ROSE GOOD BIKES
mark spots that hold personal significance for a local
THE YELLOW GOOD BIKES
signify hots spots in the city where community gathers
THE GREEN GOOD BIKES
pay homage to Jane Jacobs by marking sites where urban planning efforts have both succeeded and failed
THE BLUE GOOD BIKES
celebrate community builders
THE AQUA GOOD BIKES
are abandoned bikes that were spruced up
Students requested a bike be placed outside of Humber College.
Have you seen it?
Initially, the city wanted to be involved in the project working with the artists to place these bikes in cultural areas.
- Catalogue street art and enhance accessibility
- Build community and create discussion using social media
- Work with bloggers to share the message
- Promote landmarks and build art and eco tourism in Toronto
Do you think the city of Toronto should embrace public art and become more involved with projects like these?
Was the Good Bike Project a fad? Or an important message from Toronto’s art community?