THE GOOD BIKES

The neon bike outside of the OCAD U Student Gallery was conceived as a simple art project that we hoped would beautify and energize the grim strip of Dundas Street West where we work. The bike’s bold, graphic and current aesthetic was an instant hit with passersby; and when we were ticketed by the City, support for the bike poured in from locals and from people in far flung places including Brazil and Australia. The controversy spawned THE GOOD BIKE PROJECT, a public art initiative that saves rusted bikes from the trash heap and adds colour to our cityscape. Each bike marks a site that embodies the spirit of regeneration and community that inspired us in the first place.

THE ORANGE GOOD BIKES mark sites important to emerging artists in Toronto ——- 285 Dundas Street West / 1086 1/2 Queen St W / 680 Queen St W / 166A Spadina Ave / 594b Dundas St W / 58 Ossington Ave / 1137 Dupont St / 80 Winchester St / Sorauren Park Gate / 279 Augusta Ave

THE MAGENTA GOOD BIKES mark site of art historical significance in the city ——- 241 Yonge St / 408 Queen St W / Bloor St W and Keel St / Yorkville / Augusta Ave and Queen St W / Severn St / 17 St Joseph St / 401 Richmond St W / 80 bpNichol Lane / 125 King St E

THE ROSE GOOD BIKES mark spots that hold personal significance for a local ——- University Ave and Gerrard St WYonge St and Erskin Ave / College St and Robert St / Ward’s Island / 1601 Lakeshore Blvd W / 145 Queen St W / Harbord and Lippincott St / 221 Broadview Ave / Shale Pit / Hart House Circle

THE YELLOW GOOD BIKES signify hots spots in the city where community gathers ——- Dundas St W / Trinity Bellwoods Park / 1279 Queen St W / 14 Kensington Ave / 581 Bloor St W / College and Robert St alleyway / 1149 Dundas St W / 1986 Bloor St W / 519 Parliament St / 3030 Bloor St W

THE GREEN GOOD BIKES pay homage to the great Jane Jacobs by marking sites where urban planning efforts have both succeeded and failed ——- Albany AveParliment and Dundas St W / 215 Spadina Ave / Augusta Ave and Grange Ave / Jarvis St and Gerrard St E / David Crombie Park / 208 Queens Quay W / Fence on Aylmer Ave / 215 Bleecker St / 100 Queen St W

THE BLUE GOOD BIKES celebrate community builders ——- 6 Noble St / Dufferin Grove Park / 750B Queen St E / Yorkdale subway station / Huron St and College St / 417 Gerrard St W / 854 Bloor St W / 1900 Davenport Rd / 12 Flemington Road / 519 Church St

THE AQUA GOOD BIKES are abandoned bikes that we’ve decided to spruce up a bit

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