What is an Art Bike?

An Art Bike is any human powered uni-, bi-, tri-, quad- or multi-wheeled cycle or contraption that may be ridden or moved. The Art Bike may be created using the standard bike form, or an original creation of any modification thereof. Modifications may be minimal or completely transformational, with materials including but not limited to paint, metal, sculpture, foam, wood, and embellishments such as buttons, coins, toys, or any materials that you can glue on.

Criteria for entering an Art Bike

  • Any child under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or other adult who is responsible for the child.​​​​

  • All bikes must be human powered.  While we strongly encourage all motion to be human supplied, motors are only permitted to run or operate positions of contraptions attached to the Art Bike.​

  • All riders must be able to ride their bike at least 5 miles.

  • All riders must be able to ride at a slow pace (2 miles an hour) and be capable of stopping and starting easily and frequently.

  • Each bike may be no wider than one traffic lane (about 8 feet), no taller than 12 feet and no longer than 12 feet.​


We strongly encourage you to evaluate your child's ability to ride their Art Bike for long distances, within crowds, and potentially in warm weather conditions. You are responsible for your children. Make sure you come prepared with loose clothing, ample water, and open minds!

Things to Keep in Mind

As you design your Art Bike, please keep the following things in mind:

  • You must be able to get your bike to the parade route and home again. If you live a distance away this may require using a car or truck.

  • You will be lining up for a good deal of time prior to the parade's start.  We recommend that your Art Bike be able to stand upright on its own with a kickstand or equivalent.


  • Bring sunscreen and plenty of water. There will be food and drink for purchase along the parade staging area.

  • Make sure your Art Bike is in good shape: trued wheels, lubed chain, fully functioning brakes.

  • Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before you come.

  • Please be mindful of the area and dispose of trash properly.

  • If you're riding with a group, make sure to designate your own group meetup spot. If you get separated from your group, you'll be able to meet back up with them there!

Art Bike Inspiration

Art Bikes can come in all shapes and sizes, from one-wheeled unicycles to multi-wheeled contraptions. Chariots, wagons, wheelchairs, wheeled sculptures, performances on wheels, adult tricycles, human-powered dune buggys, pedal couches - just about anything you can imagine!

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Do you belong to a civic club and social organization? Challenge each other to design the best Art Bike in your group!


Are you a teacher? Show your school pride by turning your bike into your mascot!


Work for or support a non-profit organization? Engage your membership with an Art Bike creation event!

There are countless ways that you can become involved in the Houston Art Bike Parade - and we can't wait to see what you come up with!

Take a look below at some fantastic Art Bikes to help give you a little inspiration when coming up with your masterpiece!