Thanks to @Vanilla Jane for sending this article about an art project in Tenino, WA that turned into an experiment in public transportation.
I remember many, many years ago this was tried in Spokane, only it didn’t start out as an art installation, it was always aimed at getting people where they were going more efficiently. In our case, the bikes were painted purple (in keeping with the lilac city them) and, if I remember right, many of them mysteriously ended up in the river. That was either the late 80’s or early 90’s though so I’m wondering if community bikes would have a better reception now. Any thoughts?