RiPPLe Racks

RiPPLe Racks is a community project in Clackamas County, which aims to encourage sustainable bike transportation and cyclists to linger longer, while also sprucing up public spaces with fun, attractive art that tells a great story of keeping our rivers healthy.

In June 2013, we contracted local sculptor, Ben Dye, to design and construct several functional public art bike rack sculptures—inspired by and incorporating river trash collected from the  Clackamas and Willamette Rivers during the Great Willamette Clean Up and the Down the River Clean Up in 2012. There are three bike racks, with one being located in Milwaukie, West Linn and Oregon City.

We were fortunate to have an amazing stakeholder committee join us for this project made up of City representatives from the three communities in which RiPPLe Racks are located, including Terri Jones, Recreation Coordinator, City of West Linn; Scott Archer, Community Services Director, City of Oregon City; and Beth Ragel, Community Services Program Coordinator, City of Milwaukie. In addition, on the committee we also were excited to include, Elizabeth Klein, Program Manager, Clackamas County Arts Alliance; Linda Cahan, Owner & Founder, Cahan & Company; Blane Meier, Owner & Founder, First City Cycles; and Vonda Martin, Artist.

RiPPle Racks were made possible by the 2013 Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs Development Grant.