Center City Bike Rack Design Competition

June 26, 2013 | Design Competitions


Call for Entries: Center City Bike Rack Design Competition

DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 4 2013, 5:00pm ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists and design professionals.

*The Bicycle Coalition and the City of Philadelphia reserve the right to determine additional artist eligibility requirements. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is seeking design proposals for bike racks to be installed in Center City Philadelphia, and other potential locations in the city.

Of the 10 largest cities in the United States, Philadelphia has the most bicycle commuters per capita. In order to support the transportation choices of its citizens, the City has developed a Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan, with the goal of installing 1,500 new bike racks per year for five years. The Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy is collaborating with the Bicycle Coalition on this artist-designed bike rack competition, with the goal of supporting and encouraging bicycling in Philadephia by providing a creative solution to the need for bicycle parking; bike racks that also function as additions to the city's collection of outdoor public art.

The total budget for each bike rack is $5,000 for small racks and $15,000 for large racks (inclusive of fabrication and installation). The number of designs to be selected is not known at this time. Some designs may be identified for fabrication in limited editions. A design review committee comprised of arts professionals, representatives of the City, the Bicycle Coalition, the property owners, and other stakeholders will be responsible for selection of the winning designs.

Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of creativity, artistic merit, technical proficiency and compatibility with the character of Center City. Functionality for the intended purpose, long-term maintenance, durability and public safety concerns will be equally important selection criteria. The selected artist(s) would be expected to oversee fabrication and installation of the bike racks.

For full competition details, including submission procedures and design guidelines, click here.  

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