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Depot Avenue Rail Trail, Gainesville, Florida

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Memorial sculptures along the Depot Avenue Trail, Florida

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The informational kiosk on the Gainesville, Florida, Depot Avenue Rail Trail explains the nearby bike memorials and provides information about the old train depot renovation project and plans for the nearby storm water park and trail system. The kiosk was constructed by volunteers with recycled materials, including a welded "chandelier" of bicycle frames.

photo of Bicycle memorial on the Depot Avenue Trail
Bicycle memorial on the Depot Avenue Trail

These earthen sculptures were built as a volunteer community project, dedicated to the fallen cyclists from a December 26, 1996 crash. It was a way to pay tribute and to help heal the cycling community. The six bicycle frames and bike parts from the crash are encased in the memorials with the reflectors lighting at night from car lights on adjacent streets.

The memorial was conceived by sculpture University of Florida graduate student Eric Amundson, Brad Guy at the Center for Construction Environment and Linda Crider with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. It was designed and constructed by UF students, faculty, members of the Gainesville community, Mayor-Commissioner Bruce DeLaney and City Commissioner Pegeen Hanrahan.

photo of Memorial sculptures along the trail photo of Bike reflectors used in the sculptures
Memorial sculptures along the trail Bike reflectors used in the sculptures

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photo of Bicycle frames used as a sculptural element under the roof of the memorial kiosk
Bicycle frames used as a sculptural element under the roof of the memorial kiosk

 

 

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