Bike Zoo

Bike Zoo
Biography

Ringmaster, co-founder and mechanical engineering graduate of UT Austin, Jeremy Rosen and his company create life-long memories with The Bike Zoo. The ever-growing menagerie of giant, playful, interactive, hand-built creatures includes the following: the 80-foot Rattlesnake, a flurry of giant Butterflies, thier life-like giant Armadillo, the beloved Bat, fanciful Owl, majestic Bald Eagle and Praying Mantis which can function as a stage and the bicycle Carousel that can carry a dozen people at once! They are a unique addition to any festival, film or corporate event, or as a place-making option for a public space, environmental, arts or science event. You can count on Bike Zoo to engage visitors of all ages and captivate the imaginations of those who see or interact with our work. The Bike Zoo may be booked as a static backdrop for any event, film for video and photo opportunities or as functional roaming displays for guests and VIPs.

The Bike Zoo is a proud member of the prestigious Texas Commission on the Arts’ Texas Touring Roster. We are also active members of APAP, TFEA, IFEA and NACA. We love to work with cities, Maker Faire events communities, parades, festivals and colleges. 

TECHNICAL SPECS

All of our creatures provide an original, unique and educational environment, static or roaming, indoors or outdoors, day or night.

Dimensions and Bike capabilities are listed below.

ARMADILLO
15 feet long, just under 5 feet wide.
Seats one of our performers.
The Armadillo walks with all four legs and feet as the pedals are rotated, the head, tail and ears are in a state of constant motion. As with all of our creatures, this Bike looks alive when ridden. The Armadillo is our latest creation!

BALD EAGLE
12’ Maximum Wingspan x 12’L x 6’H
The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782 as the emblem of the United States of America, because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks. Our Bald Eagle replicates these qualities.. This bike seats one Bike Zoo staff member. The head, beak, legs and talons move as a live Eagle’s does. Imagine Fourth of July Parades, fireworks and bodies of water reflecting the Eagle! This Bike will deliver!

BUTTERFLIES
Sizes range from 5.5’W x 12’L x 10’H
to 5.5’W x 12’L x 12.5’H
Each breathtaking Butterflies seats 2 of our performers or one event patron and one of our staff. Our Butterflies represent transformation, creativity, and the ability to experience the wondrous nature of life. They are a great choice for celebrations, openings, parks, museums, school events, indoors and out, rain or shine.

CAROUSEL
Requires circular area of 26’ Diameter
Designed to accommodate the high demand for interaction, the Carousel allows up to 5 to ride the horses with one of our staff members. It’s center platform provides a surface for additional people of all ages and abilities to ride upon. Presenter must provide 120 linear feet of Bike rack style fencing.

OWL
12’ Maximum Wingspan x 12’L x 6’H Seats one Bike Zoo staff. The very realistic beak and head move, and the majestic wings flap with the movement of the pedals, the wind and something akin to magic. BAT 8’ Maximum wingspan x 10’L x 5’H
Seats one Bike Zoo staff. The head of this ferocious and charming creature moves, and the wings flap as the Bike is pedaled.

PRAYING MANTIS
5’W x 24’L x 12’H
Either static or piloted by Bike Zoo staff, the Mantis allows multiple people to ride seated. With a 1250 lbs. capacity, it can also accommodate small bands (up to 5 people). In order to maintain floor space, batteries, inverters and amplifiers can be placed under the bench seating. The Mantis wings also provide shade, making it a grand activity booth for festival favorites like face-painting.

SNAKE
6’W x 80’L x 6.5’H
Seats 6. Piloted by Bike Zoo staff, allows for up to 6 of our performers,
or up to 5 event patrons to ride in tandem, providing an amazing
group experience. Our Snake is the cornerstone Bike most everyone has seen a picture of. This Bike promises to achieve your event goals.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q: Who typically books The Bike Zoo?
A: The Bike Zoo adds life to parades, cultural and arts festivals, corporate meetings, professional sports events, music festivals, weddings, and private parties.

Q: What type of ground does the Bike Zoo require?
A: With virtually no production needs, The Bike Zoo is very adaptable. We can ride on almost any surface, unless it is deep mud or deep gravel. Gravel pathways are ok, as are grass, pavement, ice and snow, indoor or outdoor surfaces.

Q: Can my guests ride the bikes?
A: Yes, our Snake, Butterflies, Carousel, Praying Mantis, and Reindeer Drawn Sled have multiple seats allowing guests to ride with our performers. The Bat, Eagle, Owl and Armadillo each seat one at a time and are generally piloted by our trained staff.

Q: Does the Bike Zoo travel and how much does it cost to book the Bike Zoo?
A: Yes, The Bike Zoo enjoys traveling nationally and internationally. Please email our booking agent, Roggie Baer at roggie@rajiworld.com to check availability and for a price quote. The more information on your event that you have available, the better we may serve you and reserve your date.

We look forward to booking with you and adding your accolades soon!

“On behalf of the DC commission on the Arts and Humanities, I would like to thank you for your participation in the 202 Arts and Music Festival. Your artistry and professionalism showed in the quality of your artwork and enriched the evenings experience for our guests. ”
— Arthur Espinoza Jr., Executive director, The District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities

“Circuit of The Americas would like to thank The Bike Zoo for being an unforgettable part of the United States Grand Prix. Their creations reflected the unique culture of Austin and were clearly a delight to our guests.” — Dominic Iacano, CMO, Circuit of the Americas 

“The Bike Zoo’s larger than life animals are out of this world! We cherish seeing The Bike Zoo at our annual UFO festival and parade each year. Many thanks to you, Bike Zoo!” — Peggy Sesky, Treasurer and Past President, Roswell UFO Festival, Main Street Roswell 

“The Bike Zoo was a HUGE success!!! It was awesome to look out in the park and see the bikes riding around! … We thoroughly enjoyed working with you and The Bike Zoo.” — Martha Gros, Marketing Coordinator, The Howard Hughes Corporation 

“Everyone LOVED having you guys at the event! Bravo Bravo! I have already sent your contact details to the folks at Tyler Main Street who were extremely interested in your services!” —Sarah O’Brien, Main Street Program Director, City of Bastrop 

“The Bike Zoo is a treasured community asset that contributes greatly to the culture of our community. The Downtown Alliance has commissioned the bike Zoo for a number of years at our annual holiday event and has always been extremely satisfied with their presence. The Bike Zoo is engaging, friendly and fun, and is one of the most family-friendly attractions that we have to offer. They are constantly changing and evolving their work to continue to be new and interesting.” — Dewitt Peart, President and CEO, Downtown Austin Alliance. 

“Disco Donnie Presents has worked with Bike Zoo for over five years and the originality of their ideas keeps us coming back. Their unique blend of creativity and craftsmanship is loved by our fans around the world. ” —Evan Bailey, Disco Donnie Presents 

“We loved having Jeremy and his team from Bike Zoo here at Maker Faire KC. They were our main attraction at this year’s faire. We were able to bring in the snake, carousel, butterfly and owl. Everyone from young to old enjoyed the ability to ride on or should I say in the beautifully crafted bikes. We look forward to bringing them back in the future. Thank you for everything.” — Tammy Ruder, Special Events Manager, Union Station Kansas City, Inc. 

““The Bike Zoo has brought the MACC positive media attention several times. They were the largest, most visible attraction at our Dia de los Muertos celebration, adding immensely to the event, with their Giant 80 foot Snake Bike, 13 foot tall Monarch Butterflies, pedal-powered Bat whose wings flap as you pedal. Their courteous crew were both professional and diverse… The professional, yet youthful qualities of their work make them ideal collaborators for any event, and we look forward to working with them again.” — Linda Crockett, Media, Marketing, and Event Coordinator, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Dept, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center 

“Thank you so much for all your help in making the Bazaarvoice holdiay party such a success. It was such a pleasure working with you & the Bike Carousel was truly such a huge hit!!” —Kelsey and Callie, High Beam Events 

“Learn 2 Live Green at the Shops at Legacy was a tremendous success … Feedback from exhibitors and attendees has been extremely positive …. Your participation as a special feature helped make the event a success and we sincerely appreciate your interest, time and involvement. Everyone was fascinated and enthralled by the butterfly bikes!” — Heather Merchant, Learn 2 Live Green Event Manager 

“The Bike Zoo was a major and delightful feature of our recent spark! Festival, engaging visitors of all ages and captivating the imaginations of those who saw their exciting images in pre-event media and promotional materials. The event was a festival of creativity, and the imaginative, visually stunning, interactive nature of the creatures of Austin Bike Zoo were the perfect fit for an environment filled with immersive, creative experiences! Jeremy Rosen, Artistic Director, and his crew, were a joy to work with and so happy to do whatever was needed to provide our patrons and staff with a seamless and successful experience!” — Cindy Ornstein, City of Mesa Arts and Cultural Director 

“Bike Zoo has been a long time favorite attraction at Maker Faire. Their bike-animals are among the most beautiful and inspiring creations our audiences have had the opportunity to interact with. Folks of all ages light up when they see or ride upon the Bike Zoo butterflies, giant snake, or other creations. The Bike Zoo makers never cease to amaze our team with their creativity and innovation, and their folks are full of energy and enthusiasm, and collaborate well with the Maker Faire team.” — Bridgette Vanderlaan, Director of Marketing and PR, Maker Faire, Maker Media 

“Jeremy is very gracious and kind and was wonderful to work with. He was quick to respond to emails and phone calls, arrived on time, and stayed for our entire event despite the frequent showers. Austin Bike Zoo brought lots of smiles and fun to our event!” —Elizabeth McVeety, Garden Center Coordinator, Austin Parks & Recreation Zilker Botanical Garden, 2014 

“Thank you so much for bringing The Bike Zoo to the Hematology Fit Fun Fest this past Saturday!! You definitely brought something very unique and magical to the kids, families and everyone!! Thank you again!!” — Cindy Fitchpatrick, M.Ed., CCLS, Psychosocial Program Coordinator, Children’s Blood and Cancer Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center 

“Stella the Eagle bike was a real crowd pleaser at UNT! Our university president even stopped by to say hello and pose for a few photos with Stella. We had Stella and the crew from The Bike Zoo just outside our building to help draw people in. All day long students and passers-by were stopping to take photos, ask questions, and engage with Stella. It was great! I hope to have them back next year for football games!” — Nicole Newland, Arts Coordinator, University Union, University of North Texas”