Mobile Murals: Art bikes arrive in the Burg

Shine Mural Festival begins on October 6, but six new murals have been unveiled ahead of the festival. No, they’re not on the walls — they’re on Coast Bikes.

Coast Bikes has hidden a unicorn bikes designed by Ricky Watts on the SHINE Mural map. It features Watts’ signature vibrant waves.

Art bikes arrive in time for SHINE

Five additional bikes feature baskets inspired by local art. Following a SHINE Mural Festival open call, five mural-themed bike baskets have been added to Coast Bike Share’s fleet.

Aurailieus, Nuclear Sky, Sarah Martin of Outspoken Rhino, Ashley Morra Simota, and Robert Dennard each submitted designs they felt represented the Burg. Known as official “SHINE Bright Spots” the artists’ works can be found stationed at any of the 35+ bike share hubs, or traveling around the city.

Share your photos of the unicorn bikes

Spot one in the wild? Don’t keep it all to yourself. Share your photos of these artsy bikes with @CoastBikes and @RickyWatts on Twitter and Instagram using the #SHINEBike hashtag.

Finally, Coast Bike Share and SHINE Mural Festival will partner with Florida CraftArt to offer official SHINE bike tours during the two-week art event.

You can bring your own bike or set up on a Coast Bike and enjoy an enchanting tour of the newest works of art in the Sunshine City.

Tours begin in October

Tours will take place on Saturday, October 6 and Saturday, October 13. To meet demand, new tour times have recently been added, which you can view on the company’s website.

Know before you go:

  • Tours will meet at the greenspace across the intersection diagonally from Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Aveenue.
  • Helmets required. Must be 18 or older to rent a bike. Teens w/bike ok if accompanied by an adult.
  • Tour includes over 30 murals, background on the SHINE murals, artists and their inspiration.
  • Mural Tour ride is approximately a 22 block radius, covering the back streets and alleys of four Arts Districts.
  • Reservations are required.