Legendary musician David Byrne of Talking Heads fame helped to judge a contest in which 9 bike racks were selected to be placed throughout Manhattan (8 racks) and Brooklyn (1 rack). Byrne was asked to judge the Cityracks Design Competition — he even submitted his own designs — that was conceived with the intention of promoting bicycling in New York. Bicycling has certainly seen a spike in popularity due to inflated fuel costs, so seeing something that allows for a creative outlet for the activity is refreshing for something that has transcended being a mode of transportation. The act of cycling is seeing all-time heights in popularity in cities all over the US with organized rides and videos showcasing the skills of riders all over the world. The bike racks all feature designs that are embodiements of city’s spirit and most well-known landmarks.
The listing below has been taken from the Cityroom Blog at the New York Times.
The names and locations of the nine racks follow:
- The Jersey: Northwest corner of Ninth Avenue and 39th Street, near the Lincoln Tunnel
- The MoMA: South side of West 54th Street, east of the Avenue of the Americas
- The Ladies’ Mile: West side of Fifth Avenue, north of 57th Street (in front of Bergdorf’s)
- The Chelsea: In front of 530 West 25th Street, east of 11th Avenue (in front of PaceWildenstein Gallery)
- The Hipster: West side of Bedford Avenue, near North Sixth Street, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
- The Olde Times Square: South side of West 44th Street, west of Seventh Avenue
- The Villager: In front of 536 La Guardia Place, between West Third and Bleecker Streets
- The Wall Street: North side of 82 Wall Street, west of Water Street
- The Coffee Cup: West side of Amsterdam Avenue, between West 110th and 111th Streets