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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — What do artists, bicycles and unicorns have in common?

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They’re all components of a new “art bikes” project from Pittsburgh Ride Share, the operator of Healthy Ride.

Pittsburgh Ride Share is now accepting proposals from local artists to custom-design a fleet of limited-edition Healthy Ride bikes — also known as “unicorn bicycles.”

The idea behind a fleet of unicorn bikes designed by local artists is “to further localize and celebrate Pittsburgh’s only bike share system,” Pittsburgh Ride Share explains. A similar project called #BurghBikes was launched in 2017.

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The five custom-designed bikes will be integrated into Healthy Ride’s entire fleet of 650 bicycles during a special event on Sunday, June 30.

Because the art bikes will operate within the rest of Healthy Ride’s fleet, all artwork must be weather-proof, 2D, and cannot compromise functionality.

Artists can choose to either paint bike panels physically or submit a design through a digital file, but all selected artists must paint the bike frame, fenders and baskets at the PPG Paints facility in Allison Park on Wednesday, June 5.

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The deadline for artists’ submissions is Friday, May 10 by 5 p.m. Submissions should be emailed to

For more details, visit Healthy Ride’s webpage for the project here.