In the latest issue of Cyclometer (#167 July 2010) the city has announced a call for “Artistic Bike Parking” to be installed along the new multi-use paths currently being installed in Toronto. Here’s what they are asking for:
Call to Artists for Artistic Bike Parking
The City of Toronto is developing new multi-use off-road trail projects in hydro and former rail corridors. Street furniture such as benches, bike parking and pedestrian scale lighting will be installed to help transform these corridors from industrial spaces, into spaces for public transportation and recreation.
Based on the City of Toronto’s 1% policy for public art on capital projects, a contest is being established for the design and fabrication of artistic bike parking as part of these projects.
Details on how local and national artists or artist teams may submit resumes and proposals to the Toronto Culture office are also available online. Submissions must be received by Friday, 13 August 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
The city is no stranger to bike parking design contests. In collaboration with Ryerson University, a call for bicycle rack designs to be installed in Mount Pleasant Cemetery resulted in this unique winning submission:
More photos of the winning design and the runners up can be found here.
And another design competition was held at OCAD in 2009, yielding this winning concept:
You can see the rest of the submissions that made up the top 10 designs here.
Lead photo of the Kensington bike rack via BikingToronto Flickr Pool