CityRacks Design Competition - Bicycle Parking for NYC.


over 200 entrants from around the world.

Outdoor competition

Ian Mahaffy and Maarten De Greeve (Bettlelab), based in Copenhagen, Denmark

Andrew Lang and Harry Dobbs of London

Ignacio Ciocchini of New York

Indoor competition

RSVP Studio of New York

Jessica Lee and Anthony Lau of London



The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), in partnership with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the support of Google Inc. and Transportation Alternatives, is pleased to announce an international design competition for new bicycle parking for the City of New York.

Category Idea Competition / Competition Result
Type Bicycle Parking Idea Competition
Genre Transportation
Country New York, United States
RegDeadline 30 April 2008 GoogleCal iCal
9 June 2008 (Must be Received) GoogleCal
Eligibility All

The purpose of the competition is to develop functional, well-designed sidewalk racks and to generate new concepts for bicycle parking inside commercial and residential buildings. These two initiatives, in addition to NYCDOT’s commitment to increasing the number of miles of bicycle facilities, providing the City’s first sheltered bike parking stations and creating more bicycle parking at transit stations, will raise the profile of bicycling as a convenient mode of transportation in New York.

Patricia E. Harris (First Deputy Mayor, New York City)
Janette Sadik-Khan (Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation)
Ellen Lupton(Curator Contemporary Design, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum)
Google (Representative (TBA))
David Byrne (Musician, Artist, Cyclist)
Steve Madden (Editor-in-Chief, Bicycling Magazine)
Duncan Jackson (Industrial Designer, BillingsJackson)

Judging Process
Sidewalk Rack is two-Stage, and In-Building Parking is one-stage. Anonymous Competition
Competitors will submit concept ideas in Stage I. A selection committee will select up to ten competitors who will move to Stage II and receive an honorarium of $5,000 to produce two full-scale prototypes of their design.

First Place :$10,000
Second Place :$10,000
Third Place :$10,000
The prototypes will be exhibited at an opening reception at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in fall 2008 and will then be installed at two locations in the City to test their ability to withstand the New York City street environment. In exchange for the prize, the first-place winner will transfer intellectual property rights to the design to the City.

Entry Fee

Stage I: A booklet (a maximum of ten single sided sheets no greater than 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches) or slide show (a maximum of ten slides) and a short text (no more than 250 words)

Sidewalk Rack
Stage II Competitors Announced: 23 June 2008
Stage II Prototypes Submission Deadline: 15 September 2008
Exhibition Opening and Installation on Public Sidewalks: 30 September 2008
Awards Announced: 24 October 2008
In-Building Parking
Winner Announced: 23 June 2008
Exhibition Opening: 30 September 2008
Awards Announced: 24 October 2008

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