S.E. 52nd now features a very creative bike-lane graphic which won a local student a prize

DAVID F. ASHTON - Saint Ignatius Catholic School student Vinhson Nguyen proudly shows off his award-winning graphic, selected for installation in a bike lane on S.E. 52nd in the Woodstock neighborhood, in the Bikes to Books drawing contest. A bike lane – on S.E. 52nd Avenue, just south of Woodstock Boulevard – got a little more colorful, thanks to an artistic design created by a student at Saint Ignatius Catholic School on Powell Boulevard.

During October, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) road striping crew prepared and installed winning designs from the "Bikes to Books" drawing contest put on by the Bureau, and by Multnomah County Library, with support from Metro – during "Bike Month", in May.

The artwork was selected to represent the Woodstock Branch Library, and was created by Saint Ignatius student Vinhson Nguyen.

"My teacher received an e-mail from the library system encouraging us to participate in the contest," Nguyen told THE BEE, while his mom and sister stood by admiring his work. "I looked around, and everyone was drawing things like dinosaurs and videogame art. I wanted something really basic, easy to understand, and to describe bike riding in Portland – like winning a bike race!"

Just before school was out for the summer, the creative student told us he learned that his drawing, entitled "Winning", was selected for the Woodstock neighborhood.

Now, when you see his handiwork on S.E. 52nd Avenue, you'll know the story behind this colorful addition to the Woodstock neighborhood.

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