Louisville, Colorado: Bronze Bicycle Trash Collector

John Breaux would ride around town on his bike, picking up trash. That's what he was doing when he was hit by a car. The town raised money to erect a statue in his honor, which includes his actual, bronzed bike.
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Front St., Louisville, CO
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In a pocket park where Spruce St. dead-ends at Front St., across from the town library.
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Bicycle trash collector. Bronze Bicycle Trash Collector

The life-size bronze statue of John Breaux, former unofficial bicycle-mounted litter collector of Louisville, now has its own Web cam. The camera was installed over the entrance to the bar next door to the statue. A handy way to check on the weather, or other John Breaux admirers, before you visit.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 02/13/2011]
Bicycle trash collector memorial. Bronze Bicycle Trash Collector

John Breaux was a simple man, well known across east Boulder County for his quirky kindness, riding his bicycle, and picking up trash. On Jan. 30, 2009 he was picking up litter alongside a busy road when he was struck and killed by a car.

Locals raised close to $35,000 for the memorial fund by collecting donations at businesses around Louisville. More than half of the money went to the memorial, while some went to Breaux's funeral and burial costs.

The artist molded parts of the sculpture on personal belongings found with Breaux when he was struck, including his watch, necklace chain and his bike.

[Bob Pearce, 08/23/2010]

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