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Call for Artists: Healthy Ride's Art Bikes

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Call for Artists: Healthy Ride's Art Bikes



Pittsburgh Bike Share, operator of Healthy Ride, is now accepting proposals for a fleet of art bicycles to launch Summer 2019. The limited edition fleet of Healthy Ride art bikes aim to further localize and celebrate Pittsburgh’s only bike share system by featuring custom-designed bicycles by local artists. Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 10, 2019 by 5pm.


Selected artists will be notified by Friday, May 17. Creating the bike can be divided into 2 parts:

  1. The bike panels
  2. The bike frame, fenders, and basket

Artists may choose to physically paint their panels or submit a digital file. All artists will be required to physically paint the bike frame, fenders and basket at the PPG Paints facility in Allison Park on Wednesday, June 5. Artists who choose to physically paint their panels will also do that at this time. Artists who submit their panels in a digital file will need to do so by Friday, June 7. Bicycles will premier at a special launch event on Sunday, June 30 and will be deployed that day for public use and enjoyment. The fleet of art bicycles will from then on be available for rent through the Healthy Ride bike share system.


This RFP is open to professionals, students, teams, artists, architects, designers, and performers alike. Equal opportunity is available for all.


For examples from 2017, visit our #BurghBikes Webpage.


Project Description:

Healthy Ride art bikes is an exciting new project facilitated by Pittsburgh Bike Share (501c3) in collaboration with local artists to bring 5 unique, custom-designed bicycles to the fleet of Healthy Ride’s 650 bicycles. Worldwide, “unicorn bicycles” have been integrated into bike share systems to fill a variety of needs. By implementing “unicorn bicycles” Healthy Ride aims further localize the program by designing bicycles that are representative of the communities and individuals that bike share serves here in Pittsburgh.


Pittsburgh Bike Share’s mission is to provide access to public transit through easy-to-use, affordable active transportation opportunities. Bikes are distributed to 100+ stations covering over 20 unique Pittsburgh neighborhoods. As a public transportation resource, each Healthy Ride bicycle is utilized by a wide variety of residents, students and visitors in Pittsburgh and is visible to the community at large.


Description of Placement:

Healthy Ride Art Bikes are moving, public art. They function within the rest of the fleet of 700 Healthy Ride bicycles. Because of this, all artwork must be 2-D and cannot interfere with the functionality of the bicycle. All artwork must also be weather-proof and withstand rain, snow, dirt, and other road elements.


Submission Details:

Please email submissions to:



Deadline for Submissions:

May 10, 2019


Proposals will be reviewed by a panel including Pittsburgh Bike Share staff, board members and local artists.



Total Artist Fee: $700*

*Payment will be divided into 2 installments:

$200 upon design proposal

$500 upon project completion

Materials: Donated by PPG Paints


Required Qualifications & Criteria:  

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must live in the City of Pittsburgh
  • Artistic excellence
  • Fabrication Excellence
  • Innovative Use of Materials
  • Artists with experience with community-based projects are encouraged to apply
  • Professional and student artists are eligible
  • Artist teams are eligible
  • All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


Selected artists will be contacted by end of day on May 17, 2019. Once selected, artists and artist teams will be required to submit written descriptions, additional drawings, renderings and media files, and any additional deliverables that display the scope of designed work.


Criteria for Proposals:

  • Make a statement.
  • Create art that enhances the City of Pittsburgh and our communities.
  • Add to the experience of those that travel by bike in our beautiful city through unique and interesting design.
  • Conceptualize and actualize artwork that is able to withstand the outdoors and withstand the forces of nature.
  • Create art that is able to be exposed to high use volumes and does not detract from the functionality of the bicycle.


Application Requirements:

2-3 visuals or media files (jpgs, pdf, and online videos prefered) displaying past public art works, site specific or non-site specific installations with pertinent project information (description, materials, location, year completed, budget, client, etc.).

Statement of interest (250 words max.)

Resume or short bio

Project Proposal including 2-3 visuals and a written description that supports your design, or design intent of the piece. (Project statements should be 250 word max.)