US Cycling vs. Art Bikes

Cyclists race down Frazier Avenue in Chattanooga during the US Cycling Championships.
Cyclists race down Frazier Avenue in Chattanooga during the US Cycling Championships.

What a beautiful day for a race. The art bikes were poised and ready to go outside Brewhaus. The air was still and the anticipation mounted as bystanders took their favorite viewing positions.

Suddenly a flurry of cyclists streamed by so quickly that I barely had time to react.

It's a good thing the art bikes were ready. By the time the first group had passed, we had children waiting for a chance to ride during the US Cycling Championships.

We're not talking about a bike built for speed. Our bikes are built for fun.

A young girl gets a chance to see the race from a different point of view.
A young girl gets a chance to see the race from a different point of view.

Participants will work in teams of two to design and assemble their own art bicycle. At the end of the workshop, participants are expected to have built a working bicycle contraption. If time allows, participants will embellish their bike further with paint and ornaments. Our workshops cover a range of arts integration and workforce development skills such as critical thinking, mathematics, design, as well as power tool use, safety, and techniques. We will have a bike ride with participants and their bikes at the end of the workshop.

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Cost for the program is $250 per person for the week and is limited to ten participants. The youth program for ages 11-15 will occur at the Custom Cycle Shop on Glass Street from June 24-25th and the adult class will occur from July 1st-5th. This is a perfect program for teachers interested in creating kinetic art sculptures with their students! Email art120org@gmail.com for an application and details.