Cyclists celebrate installation of bike racks
Gresham has taken another step toward fostering a bike friendly environment while bringing more public art into the community.
Thanks to grants and cooperative efforts among various organizations, downtown is now graced with seven ornate bicycle racks — made with recycled metal — designed to look like old-school cycles. The majority can be found outside of Jazzy Bagels along Powell Boulevard, in what is being referred to as "The Bike Farm."
The location was influenced by the Portland Wheelmen Touring Club, a group of cyclists that stops in Gresham during rides along the Springwater Corridor Trail. Many from the group made it to the dedication ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, May 8.
"We did this because of you, and for you," said Gresham Chamber CEO Lynn Snodgrass to the assembled cyclists. "You have made it a habit for almost 30 years to stop in our town."
Before there were bike racks, cyclists would have to lash their bikes against trees and other awkward or unsuitable stationary objects. During the dedication, they celebrated the new options with bicycle cupcakes from Sugar Cubed Cakes, sparkling cider and bubbles.
The racks were designed by Corbett artist Tim Foertsch, who found the materials after searching through scrap piles, farmers' fields and estate sales.
"I prefer to work on something that had a prior life and history, and then turn it into something new," Foertsch said.
The racks were made possible by a grant from Bicycle Tourism with support from the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, Gresham Outdoor Public Art and the city of Gresham.