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Bike to Books design contest returns for its fifth year

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PBOT and Multnomah Country Library invite youth across Multnomah County to design bike lane art for Portland’s streets
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A photo of new bike lane art, featuring a spotted green trout on a blue bike with coral, surrounded by two other trout.
A 2020 first place winner from the Bike to Books Design Contest. This bike lane art is located at N Concord Avenue and N Ainsworth Street.

(April 30, 2021) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Multnomah County Library invite area youth to design their own original art for Portland’s bike lanes for the fifth annual Bike to Books design contest. The contest begins May 1 to coincide with the start of National Bike Month. Grand prize winners will have their artwork installed on Portland bike lanes and neighborhood greenways.  

“The Bike to Books Design Contest is so important because it encourages children to read and bike more,” said Transportation Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty. “For five years now, this collaboration between PBOT and Multnomah County Library has provided  incredible new bike lane art for our streets. I am so excited to see the designs that Portland youth will create this year!” 

"We look forward to partnering with PBOT every year on Bike to Books," said Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke. "Especially with the challenges of this past year, we hope this program will encourage youth and families to explore the outdoors and find a safe bike route to their local library." 

In this video, PBOT Maintenance Supervisor Kirstin Byer talks about how the Bike to Books drawings are installed on the road using thermoplastic and propane torches.

Kids living in Multnomah County, from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade, can easily participate in Bike to Books design contest. Pick up a design contest form at any Multnomah County Library branch or by downloading a form on the PBOT Bike to Books website. Design contest forms  are available in EnglishSpanishChineseRussian, and Vietnamese on the PBOT Bike to Books website. Completed forms can be submitted online or dropped off at any Multnomah County Library.  

To submit online, scan or take a photo of both sides of your form and email it to PBOT at biketobooks@portlandoregon.gov. We accept .jpgs, .pngs, and .pdfs. Make sure your image is clear and a higher resolution if possible. Please keep the original copy. 

You can also drop off your entry at your local Multnomah County Library. For library locations and hours, visit multcolib.org or call them at 503.988.5123. 

Throughout Bike Month, Multnomah County Library will offer virtual, bike-themed  storytimesBike to Books was started in 2017 by PBOT and Multnomah County Library to promote literacy, active transportation and civic engagement.  

Entries must be the original artwork of children in the following grade brackets: Pre-Kindergarten to 2nd grade, 3rd through 6th grade, and 7th through 12th grade. Multiple entries are welcome. 

2020 Grand prize winners, featuring a family of chickens, a strawberry, and several trout
Grand prize winning designs for the 2020 Bike to Books design contest