Woven with the thread of urban sustainability, Bikes, Bees & Butterflies engages local artists and communities to vibrantly re-imagine the form and function of discarded bicycles, upcycling them as an ingenious, high visual impact framework to create urban habitats for pollinators while encouraging bicycling. Bicycle baskets planted with native plants used as a food source by pollinators will be attached to each bike to highlight the critical importance of pollinators in our food production, economy and a healthy ecosystem. In partnership with local and national organizations, educational programs will be developed that connect the community to biodiversity focusing on pollination ecology in the urban environment.
Why is the Bikes, Bees, Butterflies Project Important?
a. Pollinators (specifically bees) pollinate $15 billion worth of crops each year in the US.
b. Due to habitat loss and pesticide use, pollinators have been declining by 25% over the past 15 years.
c. The global economic cost of bees declining (lower crop yields combined with higher costs of production) has been estimated as high as $5.7 billion annually.
d. 88% of the world’s plants rely on pollinators for fertilization and plant reproduction.
e. One third of all the food we eat is pollinated by bees.
Principles for Sustainable Communities:
Sustainable cities are designed with consideration of environmental impact; sequestering carbon, clean the air and water, increase energy efficiency, restore habitats, and create value through significant economic, social and, environmental benefits.
Cultural- Ignite creativity by supporting public art and local artists.
Social- Increase the pollination process in challenging urban areas.
Economic- Providing pop-up pollinator habitats will positively affect the economy.
Ecological- Pollination causes vegetables, fruits, nuts, oils, fibers and raw materials to blossom, and increases carbon sequestration.