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A community mural on a school bus-turned-downtown bicycle hub. To inspire: just as art is for everyone, bikes are for everyone too.
A community mural on a school bus-turned-downtown bicycle hub. To inspire: just as art is for everyone, bikes are for everyone too.
107 backers pledged $5,263 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE #2: FUNDED! Let's take this bus to school! For every $500 above our original goal, we're going to take the Bicycle Bus on a field trip to a local school.

UPDATE #1:  Almost there!!  And a Reward Update Joel Anderson has agreed to do our reward posters as a part of his 'Spirit of Nashville' series!! 

What is the Bicycle Bus? 

The bicycle bus is a collaborative art project between local artist Andee Rudloff, Green Fleet Bicycle Tours & Rentals, the Metro Parks Department, and the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville.

The idea is to transform a school bus into a community mural called the Bicycle Bus. The bus, a 1995 Genesis, is currently being turned into a mobile bicycle rental facility that will park each day underneath the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. 

The space underneath the Pedestrian Bridge was previously vacant and underutilized. Green Fleet Bicycle Tours & Rentals has partnered with Metro Parks Department to transform the space into a destination for people who want to explore Nashville by bike. 

The finished bus will have hardwood floors, retail displays, and facilities for up to 30 rental bicycles.

Why should I support this project? 

Art changes attitudes, inspires creativity, and brings communities together. We think having an artistic focal point for bicycles in the heart of downtown can help transform the way that people think about bicycles in Nashville. 

The bicycle bus will increase access to bicycles, introduce new audiences to bicycling, and assist city-wide initiatives to promote active living through cycling.

As an art project, the Bicycle Bus will be one of a kind - a visual invitation for people to explore Nashville by bike. As a cycling resource, the Bicycle Bus will make Nashville more bicycle-friendly.

What is a community mural? 

Devised to remind individuals that 'art is for everyone,' a community mural is a community-based visual art project. Designed by professional artist and painted with the help of volunteers, the art is a collaborative effort. 

An early adapter of this style, local artist Andee Rudloff has spent her entire career focusing on this type of community art. We feel that Andee’s style of creation is the perfect way to promote cycling in Nashville. We want to remind people that just like art, bikes are for everyone.

A time lapse video of one of Andee's past community murals: 

Why does it cost so much?

Painting a bus is laborious and the materials are expensive.  Andee estimates that the community mural will cost about $4,500. 

The paint, a high quality metallic, will cost about $2,500.  This paint will last much longer than lower cost alternatives. An estimated $500 will go toward materials (paint, equipment, etc). The remaining $1,500 will cover Andee's time and expertise to facilitate the project. 

The entire project will take about 2 weeks to complete with a team of community volunteers. 

Risks and challenges

Without funding, we will not be able to commission Andee to complete this project.

If successful in funding, the risks are very low. Andee has already created time in her schedule and we have all approvals and partnerships in place to complete this project.

The only thing that would effect the time frame would be a delay in painting due to weather.

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    BIG THANK YOU for supporting Art and Bicycling in Nashville.

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    Signed postcard of the finished bus from local artist, Andee Rudloff

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    Special edition signed Bicycle Bus poster

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    Private bike tour of the city for you and 4 of your friends

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    Field trip for the kids! This level will get the bicycle bus out to a local school for a day of teaching kids about bikes and art. You can even help us pick the school.

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    Help paint the bus! You and 9 of your friends, co-workers, or clients can come down on paint day with Andee. Or you can use this reward to sponsor a local school group on paint day. Kids love paint!

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    Andee will immortalize you (or the person you choose). Yep, just like the Vanderbilt coaches on West End and a little like Where's Waldo, your likeness will be ever so creatively incorporated into her design. You might even be on a bicycle.

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