My hometown of Columbia, MO, has been increasingly bicycle-oriented over the last few years, thanks in part to our previous mayor, Darwin Hindman. And though I could complain all day about their lack of attention to bike lanes filled with glass, road debris, sandy gravel, and unfriendly storm drains, at least they’ve given us the lanes to begin with. Hell, it’s better than nothing.
The city’s latest endeavor is what’s known as Bicycle Boulevard, which consists of Windsor St. and East Ash St., with a short connector on University Ave. The goal of it is to
piss off motorists allow easier access to the downtown area from East of College Ave., a notoriously bad road to ride a bike on, due to narrow lanes, high traffic, and high speeds. To help bring attention to Bike Blvd., two 25′x25′ murals are being painted by artists Sandra Eccles, 63, of Canton, MO, and Tom Edwards, plus whoever wanders over to volunteer to help.
The East Ash St. mural was finished on September 5, 2010, with the Windsor mural scheduled for Sept. 11, as week later. I stopped by and snapped some shots of the first one today, and I’ll add more to the gallery below once the entire project is finished.
You can read more about the making of the murals here: ColumbiaMissourian.com