Philly Is Getting New Art-Inspired Bike Racks This Summer

This is one of the design finalists, from Peter Everett Brown and Barbara Ann Sprague.

This is one of the design finalists, from Peter Everett Brown and Barbara Ann Sprague.

Plan Philly has the skinny on the eight finalists for Philly’s design-a-bike-rack competition, which launched last summer. One of the art-inspired designs will be deployed to sidewalks this summer as a way to add much needed bike parking to high-demand areas in Center City and to add some, well, much needed prettiness to the streetscape.




The City of Philadelphia teamed up with the Bicycle Coalition for the project, which fielded 150 entries from designers as far flung as Poland. Artists were encouraged to balance creativity with practicality, adhering to the city's rules for bike rack size and function. The bike racks are set to be installed at sites including Sister Cities Park, Boathouse Row, City Hall, Penn Center Plaza, and Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others.

Check out a slideshow of the proposed designs over at Plan Philly. Which is your favorite?

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