ITHACA, N.Y.—The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) is calling for design submissions from the community for 12 new bike racks.
The plan for 12 new community-designed bike racks was initiated due to the success of DIA’s first bike rack design competition in 2017. 12 designs were selected by DIA from a pool of 80 community submissions. The designs were then manufactured by Durand Van Doren, a local artist and blacksmith. These 12 bike racks are all located in and around the Commons.
According to a press release from DIA, this second round of bike racks will be installed in 2021 in downtown Ithaca and in Collegetown.
“The goals of the project are to encourage cycling as a viable mode of transportation while enhancing the community with creative functional art in our urban environment, designed by and for the whole community,” DIA stated in its press release.
The winners of the competition will have their name and design title displayed next to the rack. Winners will also receive a cash prize, with the best overall design and the best youth-submitted design receiving $100 each.
Aside from expanding the bike rack installations to Collegetown, this year’s community design competition will closely mirror the 2017 competition. Residents of any age can submit; designs will be selected by a panel based on their combined functionality and creativity; and the final 12 designs will be manufactured by Durand Van Doren.
DIA is working with the City of Ithaca’s Office of Economic Development and Department of Public Works on this project. The project was funded by an anonymous donor.
Designs can be submitted between now and August 31 using DIA’s guidelines and submission form. The winners will be announced in November.