Zoobombers are a Portland phenomenon. They ride the local train called the MAX to the top of the Oregon Zoo, then take an elevator to the top of that top, and then bomb down the hill to the bottom where they catch the train back to the top to do it all over again. It’s pretty sick.
Oh, and they do it on little kids bikes.
Okay, let’s face facts. Zoobombers as a crew are loud and arrogant and… loud. Basically, right up our alley. Sometimes you love them. Sometimes you hate them. I’ve always had a blast with em but many can’t stand them. As a bike club my verdict is: they’re a hoot. I’ll drink and ride with em anytime.
Well here’s the thing – after the ride Zoobombers traditionally leave these little bikes in an pile across the street from Powells Books until the next ride. I always thought it was pretty cool and pretty kooky.
But apparently around 3 years ago the Zoobombers lobbied the city for somewhere safe to store the bikes because they were getting stolen. Mayor Sam Adams, transportation commissioner at the time, told the Zoobombers to develop an artistic solution to the problem – and lo and behold the Regional Arts and Culture Council gave them $10,000 to build it.
Zoobombers couldn’t be happier.
It’s at NW 13th Ave and West Burnside.
Local residents are obviously split on the issue – some decrying city funds being allocated to hooliganism, others applaud the decision. Here at sweetbike – we give it a big fat thumbs up.