Urban Fold

Bike Racks as Public Art Gaining Popularity

Quirky, artistic bike racks are cropping up in cities around the country--a trend that benefits more than just cyclists.

"'It creates a better environment for people who live here and visit here, and it gives people a place to park their bikes,' says Lacy LaBorde of the Downtown Austin Alliance.

Designs for sculpture bike racks were unveiled Friday, as the Texas capital became the latest community to add art that promotes travel by pedal."

"Cyclist Rick Risemberg of Los Angeles, who says he bikes 500-600 miles per month and edits the online magazine Bicycle Fixation, says more bike racks are a great idea.

'Street furniture is an important thing in getting people out of their cars,' Risemberg says. 'Having bike racks that are pretty and clever and make people feel good makes for a better civic atmosphere - it increases the viability of your downtown area.'"

Full Story: Cities rack up public artwork with bike racks

Comments

Build Your Own Paper Block City

Urban Fold is an all-inclusive kit that allows anyone to build the city of their dreams with a few simple folds.
$24.95
building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25
Book cover of Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

So you want to be a planner...

Check out our behind the scenes look at 25 careers in the Urban Planning field
Starting at $14.95
Women's t-shirt with map of Los Angeles

City T-Shirts for the ladies!

Women's Supersoft CityFabric© Fashion Fit Tees. Now available in six different cities.
$24.00