Garcetti, Cyclists and the CRA Sponsor Bike Rack Design Contest

2_10_09_rack.jpgRThe winner of the recent bike contest in New York. Can you do better?

There are few things that will turn me off more quickly to a place than a lack of bike parking or other bike facilities.  Recently, the utilitarian bike rack has undergone a face lift.  Be they the provocative designs of David Byrne, or the design contests that are sweeping the nation, the bicycle rack is becoming a cultural showpiece, a chance for people to think beyond waves, and U’s.

Now, Los Angeles has its chance.  City Council President Eric Garcetti, the Bike Writer’s Collective, Community Redevelopment Agency and the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition are sponsoring a "design a bicycle rack contest."  The winner will receive $2,000 and see their design pop-up at at least two dozen racks around East Hollywood.

The deadline for proposals is 3 P.M. on Friday, March 6 and should be either emailed to Helen.Leung@lacity.org  or mailed to:

Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti
East Hollywood Bike Rack Competition
Attn: Helen Leung
5500 Hollywood Blvd, 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90029

For more information on the contest, read the contest rules and regulations which can be found here.

  • El Gabacho

    Christ, jsut pull the money out of the general fund and pay for the inverted U racks already!

    Here is my suggested design:

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  • I love it! It’s functional and it has a strong message. Contest is over!

  • angle

    In all seriousness, the original poster has a good point; more functional bike racks on the streets should be the primary goal. However, if we can come up with a design that somehow draws attention to itself and its purpose, even when the racks are not in use, it will get the idea of transportational cycling in front of a lot of people’s eyes.

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