Zoobomb bike pile may become public art

Oct. 25, 2006 at 2:52 PM

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A jumble of souped-up minibikes used in a weekly bicycling activity in Portland, Ore., may soon become public art under a city proposal.

The minibikes, stored on the street for the weekly Zoobomb rapid ride down a hill from the Oregon Zoo, would get their own city-approved parking space and be deemed a dynamic sculpture, arts and transportation Commissioner Sam Adams says.

Local shop owners have long complained about the "Zoobomb pile" of bikes anchored to a bicycle rack at the Zoobomb meeting point, The (Portland) Oregonian reported.

Under the proposal, the bikes would move to a different corner, where a curb extension would be built, Adams said.

"Handsome" Dave Terry, an artist and regular Zoobomber, told the Oregonian he likes the proposal.

"I think it gives us even more street cred," he said. "Getting the city to sanction this means we're not the bad guys. We're just out there having fun."

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