WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - People who strolled and rolled through the May After Hours Artwalk downtown were met with unique bicycles of all kinds that were welded by local artists and bike enthusiasts.
As both a chair of the Artwalk and co-chair of the bike action committee, Becky Raeke had the vision to combine the city's art scene and cycling community.
“It’s a great opportunity to show really how bikes can be used in art. If you’re in your car and you see a lot of bikes around you realize ‘Oh ok we have a lot more people that enjoy riding their bikes’,” she said.
Mack Carter got the call from Becky to participate in this month’s Artwalk. He traveled from Denton with a truck bed full of one-of-a-kind bikes that he welded. He said he finds inspiration from everywhere.
“This sort of thing really shines a light on something that a lot of folks are not even aware of. The custom art-biking community is kind of a niche group. I'm happy to get that knowledge out there and have people more interested in that sort of thing,” Carter said of the Artwalk.
Bringing together a night of bicycles and art is not just fun to explore in its own right, but serves a larger goal.
In order to be designated as a bicycle friendly community – an honor that only 11 communities have in Texas – the city must also be a place where residents feel it just as ordinary to head downtown in a bike as it does to head there in a car, even if the bike they are riding is anything but.