Portland Pride (and Submittable) Power the Biketown Design Challenge


Portland’s bike share program celebrated Valentine’s Day (and Oregon’s statehood anniversary!) by launching a new contest powered by Submittable. The BIKETOWN Design Challenge invites anyone living or working in Portland to submit artwork representing what they love about their neighborhood – an iconic building or structure, a natural feature, food, a vibe, anything goes – for the chance to have their idea put on a Biketown community bike.

Entires will be reviewed by a panel of art and design experts—including Mark Parker; Mayor Ted Wheeler; Joy Alise Davis, Design+Culture Lab LLC founder; Victoria Frey, Executive Director of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA); Elizabeth Leach of the Elizabeth Leach Gallery; William Rihel of the Regional Arts and Culture Council; and Don Tuski, President of Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)—who will select up to ten finalists per neighborhood quadrant to then be voted on by the BIKETOWN community beginning April 14.

The five winning designs will be announced in May 2018. Each of the five winning designs will have 10 bikes wrapped and debuted in their neighborhood, May through September 2018.

Submissions will be accepted through March 7, 2018. This Competition is open to legal residents of Oregon aged 18 or older. To view all contest rules, regulations and prizes, visit biketowndesignchallenge.com.

Jolene Brink

Jolene Brink is a PR and communications manager at Submittable. Her Submittable career goes all the way back to 2011 when she first submitted a poem to 491 Magazine. (It was promptly declined). Today, with 140 submissions and counting, you can follow her creative work at jolenebrink.com/.