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ART • BOOKS • BIKES • FOR ALL!


  

Music City is full of talent. We wanted our bikes to reflect that talent and creativity back into community, so we partnered with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville to connect with local artists for city-inspired art for our fleet of pedal-assist e-bikes. We hope the bikes catch your eye, give you a sense of pride, and motivate you to enjoy a fun bike ride!

The latest art bikes, designed by Caitlin Mello, Arash Shoushtari, and Aaron Grayum, will be unveiled at our community event on October 22 at the Edgehill Library. Afterward the art bikes will be displayed at library branches and before joining the bikeshare fleet. 

This is part of our Art, Books, and Bikes for All project, in partnership with Nashville Public Library, Arts & Business Council – Nashville, and the Music City Dope Pedalers, supported by a Better Bikeshare Partnership Mini-grant. The project has allowed us to prioritize community access and engagement by expanding the Books & Bike for All program with free BCycle passes to all 21 library branches, sharing 10 bike routes, and new Art Bikes designed by 3 local artists. 

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COMMUNITY RIDE
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ART BIKE UNVEILING

 

Announcing new art bike designs, a new library station, new community bike routes, and a group bike ride to celebrate it all.

Saturday, October 22 at the Edgehill Library.

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MEET THE ARTISTS


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AARON GRAYUM

I always want to communicate a sense of hope, humanity, and connectivity through my art. Riding a bicycle can often remind us of our childhood – that freedom, playfulness, and sense of hope and wonder. My art does the same thing. It appeals to both kids and adults – it uses imagery and messaging to lift people up to remind them they're not alone. In 2021, I created a series of six hope-filled murals along Church Street near the Cumberland River. I loved continuing these sorts of playful images and messages onto a BCycle, which then spreads a sense of wonder throughout downtown Nashville. 

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ARASH SHOUSHTARI

The Metro Nashville area is home to over 140,000 immigrants, representing over 140 languages. More than 12% of Nashville's population is foreign-born. My goal with this project is to celebrate the often-overlooked diversity of our city with a design that highlights the way that a bike can connect us all across cultures. A bike can connect neighborhoods, communities, and reach everyone regardless, of income, class, or language barriers. 

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CAITLIN MELLO

I created a design using bold colors incorporating different environmental, community and Nashville neighborhood elements. These elements include symbols of water from Radnor Lake, the state flower, Tennessee wildflowers, and hidden "easter eggs" that aren't the cliche tourist destinations. The designs show things you can see better and closer on a bike versus driving a car. Celebrating the sustainability of riding a bike and the benefits for the environment I’ve showcased natural elements and communities that we hope to preserve in Nashville. As a native Nashvillian growing up here I’ve seen rapid changes and development so my design also celebrates our growth and prosperity. 

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RAINBOW MOSHO

Rainbow Mosho is our first featured art bike artist. This vibrant 13-year Greek-Puerto Rican Tennessean celebrates her quality of life as an individual on the autism spectrum in various mediums. She’s a digital artist, published author, and entrepreneur whose exploration of life in middle Tennessee has just begun. Rainbow has created two art bikes, one featuring a romance between a Didgeridoo and Saxophone. While the other incorporates the colors, textures, and patterns Rainbow experiences while riding her own bike. 

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