Arts in Context

The inspiring story behind Austin's iconic and whimsical Bike Zoo

The inspiring story behind Austin's iconic and whimsical Bike Zoo

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts in Context. This unique series celebrates stories about the arts in Austin and the people who make this such a vibrant and creative city.

Giant rattlesnakes, bats, and butterflies parade down the streets thanks to the Austin Bike Zoo. This mechanical menagerie is the brainchild of Jeremy Rosen, who began the project with a simple goal of creating whimsical ways to play with bikes. Part puppetry, part engineering, and all fun, the Austin Bike Zoo inspires wonder and delight everywhere it goes.

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire, and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts, or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit, and Overheard With Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Bat Bike Austin Bike Zoo
The mechanical menagerie of the Austin Bike Zoo creates whimsical ways to play with bikes. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
Bike zoo butterfly bicycle
The iconic Bike Zoo butterfly bicycle. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
Bat Bike Austin Bike Zoo
Bike zoo butterfly bicycle