link to article + vid: http://www.neoseeker.com/news/14746-mario-kart-icons-appear-on-portland-bike-path/If you’re riding your bike on North Williams Avenue in Portland, Oregon be sure avoid those pesky banana peels, or suffer the same fate as the characters in Mario Kart.
The Mario Kart inspired icons were placed on the bike path over night, by an unknown source. In all the path now includes speed boost arrows, stars, banana peels and mushrooms. It is unclear if the city is going to remove the symbols from the path, so the images may or may not be around for some time. However, the city will probably consider this graffiti and pay to clean it up before any pot holes in the roads are fixed.
i found this article at neoseeker and i just had to share it with you guys knowing how enthousiastic you guys are with games.
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http://bikeportland.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/videogame3.jpgA cherished local tradition of adding character and personality to our bike lanes has taken a new twist. Someone has painted symbols from Nintendo's Mario Kart video game in the bike lanes on N. Williams Ave.
The painted symbols begin south of N Tillamook Avenue with a set of speed-boosting arrows (see above) and the symbols continue to about N. Cook Ave. There are several bananas...
While this sort of vandalism is obviously illegal, I don't think anyone is looking to crack down on it. Reader Steve R. wrote us to share this sentiment about the symbols:
"I'm sure this is very illegal. As I pedal home from work, though, I find it engaging and humorous. Would motorists similarly decorate their lanes? I suspect not - this good-natured vandalism is a sign that bikers take pride in their bike lanes and the biking community we've created. Well, that is my impression anyway."
Have you seen the symbols? What's your impression? I find them to be great conversation starters with my fellow Williams commuters.