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RAMP – Roanoke Art Mural Project, RIDE Solutions to Dedicate Whimcycle
Roanoke’s newest art piece celebrates region’s growing bike culture
The Roanoke Art Mural Project (RAMP) and RIDE Solutions will host a dedication and bike ride for the recently-completed Whimcycle mural in Roanoke’s Old Southwest neighborhood. The mural, by Roanoke artist Toobz, was started this spring as part of Bike Month in Roanoke and celebrates the growing connection between cycling, arts, and culture in the Roanoke Valley.
What: Whimcycle Mural Dedication
When: Saturday, August 24th, 11:00 a.m.
Where: The Water Heater, 813 5th Street, Roanoke, 24016
Jeremy Holmes, the Program Director of RIDE Solutions, a sponsor of the mural, and mural artist Toobz will speak briefly about the piece and its significance to Roanoke’s vibrant bike culture.
Attendees are encouraged to ride their bicycles to the event or have their bicycles ready to join the self-guided Art by Bike tour immediately following the brief dedication. The Art by Bike tour offers a bicycle-friendly exploration of 26 arts-related sites, including pieces in the City of Roanoke’s public art collection, private pieces, and other offerings by RAMP. The route offers an easy 10-mile loop that mostly follows greenways, bike lanes, and neighborhood roads. Attendees may ride as little or as much of the route as they choose.
In addition, RIDE Solutions has reserved the outdoor patio of the Wasena City Tap Room for bike tour attendees to gather at the end of the ride to socialize.
RIDE Solutions is a service of the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, the New River Valley Planning District Commission and Region 2000. It is a major organizer of bike month events in the Roanoke Valley, including the Bike Shorts Film Festival and the Night Rider’s Ball, and was a co-sponsor along with the City of Roanoke’s Arts Commission of In a Tangle, the sculpture/bike rack installed in Roanoke’s Grandin Village in 2011.