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Bike Rack Contest in NYC

This is probably old news for everyone but I’m still playing catch up here from my move to Parkslopia last week. Still digging through all the boxes trying to find things like the power cable to the modem and keys to my bike locks.

The Department of Transportation, with their new initiatives of “greening” NYC, wants to increase bicycle commuting with the numbers doubled by 2015, just in time for Mike Bloomberg’s 4th term as New York city’s supreme overlord. Realizing this increase in ridership is largely contingent on secure bicycle parking, the city came up with a contest to design bike racks which will hopefully be completed a lot sooner then that other site in which they had a design contest for.

The contest for new bike racks involved over 200 entries from 24 states and 26 countries and can be read about in this NY times article by Sewell Chan.

10 finalists have been announced and their design submissions are currently installed in Astor Place, by “Alamo”, (the Cube)

The winners of the CityRacks Design competition, which, yes, has its own website, will be announced Oct. 24th, during National Design Week sponsored by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Meanwhile, Lyle over at the bike blog Projecto-B took some pictures and realized there was a special place for one of the racks…


the Trash.

Hopefully this won’t lead to the other major obstacle in increasing bicycle commuting:

Theft.

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