Washington City Paper tracks down bike lane graffiti artists

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If you ride in our nation’s capital, you may have noticed some friendly messages popping up in the city’s extensive bike lane network:

MORE BIKE LANES

BICYCLE YEAR-ROUND!

BIKE <3

THANK YOU FOR BIKING

But who was creating these tags? Were they street art or vandalism?

The bright, encouraging—twee, if you’d like—tone of BA’s stencil art has a purpose. “We want more people to bike,” she says. “We want bicyclists to smile and know they’re appreciated. We want bicyclists to smile at other bicyclists and road users. Most importantly, we want D.C. to be a safe place to ride a bike.”

The City Paper chats with the artists, and looks at how the rapid rise in popularity of cycling in the city has had its growing pains.

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