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NYC CityRacks Design Finalists

The Department of Transportation along with Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Google and Transportation Alternatives have been sponsoring a CITYRACKS design competition. Yesterday, the designs of the ten finalists hit the streets and were put on display at the museum. The winner will be announced on October 24th. Make sure to check out the nearest public installation and comment on the finalists online before then.

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Speaker:  [00:02] I like the one back there that kind of looks like a paperclip.  Yeah, I really like that.  I think it’s really cool and modern.   

Speaker:  [00:08] I think it’s good.  I love this one but I’m scared I would fall over it. 

Speaker:  [00:12] I think my favourite bike rack is the one right down at the end there, I think it would look great in a very historic setting.  I think it would look great in a very clean contemporary plaza. 

Speaker:  [00:20] It definitely makes people pay attention more and realise that they have the opportunity to get on their bike and go through this beautiful city and then park their bikes.  They have beautiful stands and enjoy design at the same time.   

Speaker:  [00:33] I think I could cut it.  I think I could cut it.   


Janette Sadik-Khan:  [00:44] This is a design competition that we’ve done with the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in conjunction with Transportation Alternatives and Google.  And what we’re doing is coming up with a new standard bike rack for New York City.  We’ve got over 200 entries from 26 States and 24 countries, so we’re very excited about providing quality design on the streets of New York that’s functional and attractive.  And on October 24th we will pick the finalist. 


Paul Steely White:  [01:17] Improving the design is terrific but… and the quality, but we also need to up the quantity if we’re going to make an impact.  The limiting factor for bike parking in New York and for bicycling is really the lack of secure and safe and accessible bike parking.  And so we’re really encouraging the city to get these out there in great numbers, because right now there’s a huge backlog.  If someone requests a bike rack, it can sometimes take as long as 18 months for that rack to actually be installed. 


Janette Sadik-Khan:  [01:44] I also want to recognise a couple of the finalists who are here tonight.   

Ignacio Ciocchini:  [01:48] This is my design back here and it was inspired by bike parts and bicycling, and you can see how the metaphor of the wheel here and the centre of the wheel, and also the green post that acts as the support alludes to the green bike lanes that the city is having. 

Andrew Lang:  [02:06] We want everybody to be able to interact with it, whether they’re on two wheels or two feet.  The fact that people are using it as an occasional perch as they move around the street environment is exactly what we want.   

Jeff Miller:  [02:20] We designed this rack with a couple of features in mind.  One is to keep the lock from touching the ground because our research showed that when a lock can touch the ground, it can be hammered and broken.  So this makes sure that your lock is always on the rail itself.   

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  • Gargamel Tralfaz

    I like the one that looks like Dr. Suess!

  • enarbu

    I like the ring with the green post. Really cool and functional.

  • https://www.dosmith.com.au DOSmith

    Some great ideas. Always interesting to see new designs and get views from the designers as to why they incorporated cedrtain features.

  • http://sf24hr.com sf 24hr

    Rather than settle on one, incorporate various designs in order to keep scenery interesting.

  • Andrew Manshel

    Another wonderful urban design by Ignacio Ciocchini -- a true New York treasure.

  • slag

    Well something happened. They were supposed to announce the winner two weeks ago. Maybe Bloomberg cut the program?