ABERDEEN – Pink bicycles on display throughout downtown have recently sparked questions about why they’re there and complements about how great they look. The new temporary fixtures are the brainchild of Aberdeen Main Street Director Ann Tackett, and they match new springtime flags for downtown.
“We were looking at buying new flags and thought about the design. I saw all the different rusty bikes at the [Monroe County] work center, and Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told me to get whatever I needed.”
The bikes have been used for spare parts for other bikes given away as part of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office’s bicycle drive for Christmas.
Tackett’s husband, Bill, and friend, William Neal, spray painted the bikes pink, and she added baskets with flowers to match the new springtime flags on display alongside Main Street.
“It’s recycling. That’s what it amounts to,” she said.
Although she said the bicycles won’t be on display permanently, she plans to bring them back out in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
They’re located at the fountain at the foot of Commerce Street’s hill, City Hall, the Sarah Peugh mini-park, the median near Matubba Street, the Aberdeen Visitors Bureau, the Main Street depot and the four-way stop at Commerce and Meridian streets.
Tackett said Barbara Easterling donated a tandem bike she plans to incorporate with October’s scarecrow trail. She is also asking for old wheelbarrows to be used for a different downtown display.