22 Aug 2011

Toronto residents turning abandoned bicycles into art

While graffiti on building walls is nothing new to the world of public art, spray-painting abandoned bicycles scattered throughout Toronto has become the latest trend in chic city art, reports say.

The Good Bike Project began after one Toronto woman spotted a months-long abandoned bike and decided to turn the trashed item into art by giving it a neon pink coat of spray paint. Since that one bike was painted, numerous other forsaken bikes have become the focus of beautification by locals.

While some citizens don't like the bright, refurbished bicycle – and others like it around the city – many are enthused by the initiative.

"Ninety-nine per cent of the reaction has been really, really positive," Vanessa Nicholas, who helped form the Good Bike Project, told NOW Magazine. However, she noted some residents have started to wreck some of the bikes once they've been touched up.

Though many city dwellers resort to locking their bikes on sidewalks and other designated bicycle-friendly areas, some owners may prefer to keep their rides in storage containers in Toronto to make sure theirs doesn't end up as the next rolling work of art by mistake.

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