(Oct. 12, 2021) What do dragons, goats, and donuts have in common? According to the creative minds of Portland youth - bikes! The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Multnomah County Library are pleased to announce the winners of the annual Bike to Books Design Contest. Now in its fifth year, the contest asks Multnomah County youth to design original art for Portland bike lanes. The 2021 Bike to Books Design Contest received over 360 unique designs from young artists across the city.
The program celebrates National Bike Month in May, inviting Multnomah County students to design art for local bike lanes. Three winners were selected from each of the three age categories: Pre-K to 2nd grade, 3rd to 6th grade, and 7th to 12th grade. Grand prize winners will have their art installed on Portland bike lanes and along low-traffic streets known as neighborhood greenways. PBOT’s street striping crews do all the installations. Learn more about how the street art is installed using thermoplastic and propane torches in this video.
Second place winners received a 5-day pass to Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park that includes admissions and gear rental, while third place winners received a helmet from Nutcase Helmets. Honorable Mention winners will receive a Safe Routes to School goodie bag. All finalists will receive a certificate and a metal sign of their design from PBOT and Multnomah County Library.
PBOT and Multnomah County Library staff reviewed and voted on all the entries.
Love this year’s winning designs? Be sure to check out the list of book recommendations picked by Multnomah County Library’s librarians to enhance your biking and reading experience!
First Place, Pre-K to 2nd Grade – “Roarcycle” by Marco De Ieso, Woodstock Library. Check out the Roarcycle book recommendations!
First Place, 3rd to 6th Grade – “Portland Goat Bike” by Yael Siegel, Hollywood Library. Check out the Goat Bike book recommendations!
First Place, 7th to 12th Grade – “Donut Bike” by Mitzi Duplain, Albina Library. Check out the Donut Bike book recommendations!
Second Place Winners:
Third Place Winners:
To get a better look at the winning designs, as well as the honorable mentions, visit the Bike to Books and National Bike Month website. Want to see last year’s winning designs? Take a walk, go for a ride, or roll and stroll through North Portland on the 2020 Bike to Books walking and bike tours.
Thanks to everyone who participated in Bike Month 2021! We look forward to seeing what's in store for 2022!