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Coral Gables Museum will host this year’s Artcyle exhibition starting January 23 until February 23. The month-long event features donated bikes turned into works of art as well as other bike-related crafts.

The idea for Artcycle came to Tachi Llamas and Giselle Delago, founders of Artcycle, after the loss and accidents of friends in the cycling community. Their work in putting together Artcycle is guided by their passion to help build safer streets in Miami.

“This is the second year for Artcycle and the growth that we have experienced has been beyond our expectations,” says Giorgio Cerboncini, member of the Artcycle team.

Artcycle debuted last year during the Art Basel days. They were based out of Fountain Art Fair in Wynwood and their art tour of bikes, on bikes attracted many.

This year, Artcycle blends art and biking into a month-long event that promotes cycling and raises awareness and tolerance for cyclists. Fifteen donated bikes are transformed by different artist into Artbikes which are on display and available for sale at the Artcycle exhibition.

Last year, funds from the sale of Artbikes were donated to Green Mobility Network’s Safer Streets Miami campaign.

Green Mobility Network is a non-profit corporation who advocates safer streets for walking, biking, and running in Miami-Dade. Their Safer Streets Miami campaign seeks to educate the public about everyone’s responsibility for each other’s safety in the street, stronger law-enforcement attention to drunk and irresponsible drivers, and community involvement in the conversation about to how make Miami streets safer.

This year, proceeds go to support local artists as well as other Artcycle projects and events that raise awareness to ride and drive safely.

“Bicycles are fragile, especially when they come in contact with a car that weighs an average of 4,000 pounds. The need to have both riders and drivers understand that there is a happy meeting place of safety road coexistence is paramount to reducing potential situations that could result in misunderstandings, which usually lead to accidents, some of them fatal,” said Cerboncini.

Artcycle is sponsored by Ford Motor Company, who shares the organizations philosophy for creating safer streets, better communication between drivers and riders as well as promoting an active lifestyle while supporting the arts.

Exhibit opening and artist reception, which are to take place January 23 at 6:00 p.m., are free to the general public. There will be music and drinks.

For more information on the various events going on throughout the month check out the flyer or visit Artcycle's Facebook page.

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