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Mysterious Bikelane Art

Been wondering about the artistic stencils on Riverfront Boulevard? Us, too. All we know is, it's not the city.

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Bikers, walkers and other active commuters may have noticed the varied road stencils marking bike lanes in Bend. Some of those stencils feature cyclists with a funky hat or other accoutrements. Most of the stencils are funded by the City of Bend's street department Right of Way—that is, except the ones marking Riverfront Boulevard. When it comes to that street art, no one seems to know who the creative culprit might be.

Jovi Anderson, with the City of Bend growth management department, said, "The City department did not make those stencils and no one knows where they came from."

The mysterious stencils appeared sometime this year. They vary in shape, size and direction. Some of the displays include Segways, animal paws, cats, squirrels and floaters.

When it comes to the stencils, local business owners seem just as baffled as city officials. Conveniently located near the Colorado Foot Bridge, plenty of pedestrians use Riverfront in the summertime before or after floating the Deschutes River. Riverfront is parallel to Riverside, near the now-closed Riverside Market restaurant and grocery store.

Judy Lipton, owner of the soon-to-open French Market that will replace Riverside Market, said, "I don't know anything about the road stencils on Riverfront."

Will the mystery be solved? Or perhaps you're the incognito artist, just waiting for a chance to out yourself publicly?

If that's the case, let the Source Weekly know, so we can tell everyone else.

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