June 8, 2018

Art that'll truly move you

Brilliant swatches of silver. Splashes of white paint on a deep, dark blue background. Flashes of lime green and fluorescent orange pop in contrast to the city’s black asphalt. These eye-catching displays of color can now be found on four unique canvases — each complete with 2 wheels, pedal-powered lights, a basket, a bell and a lock.

That’s because Kaiser Permanente in Colorado and Denver B-cycle teamed up with local artists to transform 4 of the iconic red B-cycle bikes.

The bikes — hand-painted by Denver artists Robin Munro, Thomas Evans, Anthony Garcia and Pat Milbery — were unveiled at a special event on May 31.

“Art is such a key part of health,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, Kaiser Permanente Colorado vice president of government, external relations, and research. “We know that one of the really important things to the sense of your well-being and health is the ability to creatively express yourself.”

Dr. Allen-Davis provided remarks at the unveiling and noted Kaiser Permanente’s longstanding relationship with Denver B-cycle — the longest of any organization for a bike share program in the United States.

“The intent of this art bike project is to encourage more Coloradans to get out, ride, and explore the RiNO, Globeville and Elyria-Swansea communities of Denver in a healthy and fun way,” said Dr. Allen-Davis.

B-cycle bike hand painted by artist Pat Milbery
This flashy piece of rolling artwork was hand-painted and created by Denver-artist, Pat Milbery.

Kaiser Permanente is also using the #artbike campaign as a way to shed light on several nonprofits in the area that help community members gain access to medical care, receive meals, and provide housing to the area’s homeless.

The bikes are expected to be available to rent through B-cycle by June 11 and are expected to be in service for up to seven months.

If you find one of these 4 bikes, be sure to take a picture of it and use the hashtag #artbike to spread the word.