Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bike Rack Design/Build Competition - Deadline December 1, 2012

We have all used a tree, lamp post or stop sign as a makeshift bike rack at one point or another. Fred Pena of the Back Porch Studio is taking steps to avoid bike pile-ups like above and YOU can be a part of the movement through our BIKE RACK DESIGN/BUILD COMPETITION.

Competition Information
This project is a design competition; following these instructions and using the drawing packet (available here) as a guide you will design an entry and submit it for consideration by SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2013.

Feel free to submit more than one entry. The winning design will then be built at a work shop and the design and building instructions will be made available online.You will have until
Saturday December 1st to complete and submit your design entry. The construction part of the project  will occur at a later date to be announced in early 2013.

This competition is a collaborative project created by The Back Porch Studio, Oil and Cotton and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. The Back Porch Studio is a project that supports community building through education and volunteer based design/build projects. Oil and Cotton is learning studio dedicated to arts education. Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is an organization focused on creating a more bike friendly community. Aside from organizing family-friendly bike events and activities, one of their goals is to bring bike infrastructure to the community. This design competition is one of the steps taken toward that goal.The purpose of making this design available is to promote a bike-able community by making the racks easily accessible to small businesses.

The design requirements for the project simply consist of designing an easy-to-build bike rack. It can be as simple as taking a common bike rack design and proposing an easy way to build it or it can be a design that involves more than what is asked for in the design criteria, for example incorporating a bike repair station into the rack, or it may include helmet storage.The winning entry will take all of these items into consideration:

Design will be mindful of the "make do with what you got" philosophy and will be mindful of environmentally-friendly materials and processes. This means it is preferred that you think of materials that are repurposed, for example: using some sort of leftover material in a common fabrication process or something along those lines.

Design will allow for either options in fixed racks or be modular to be able to hold various amounts of bikes. If it’s“fixed” think about whether it is a 3-4 bike rack or one that holds 8 bikes. The ideal would be a flexible design that would hold a different number of bikes depending on how many modules you build and put together. This would allow the builder to build as many as they need and add or remove modules seasonally.

Materials will take into consideration how accessible the parts or materials are as well as how securely it holds the bikes. While wood may be readily and inexpensively available, it would not provide the most secure of racks. However, wood would be fine if you’re proposing that your rack be used indoors or the wood is only there to hold the bikes up but the locking mechanism is independent of it.

Design does not have to provide all details of how to install the rack, but thought needs to be given to the fact that the rack will be used in many different scenarios. It may end up on a concrete sidewalk, a wooden deck, an asphalt driveway, a dirt alley, a wall or even maybe indoors!

It is preferred that your design includes both floor-mounted and wall-mounted versions but it is not required. However, those designs submitted with both options or an option easily converted may be given special consideration.

Please feel free to use the sheets found here to submit your final design. The pages are intended to standardize the submissions and ensure all needed information about the design is collected. Alternatively, you are allowed to submit your design using other drawing types (like 3D renderings or scale models) but please be sure to submit at least one side and one top view so that we can fairly compare it with the other design entries. Contact Fred Pena with questions.

Submit designs to Fred Pena:

Or mail them to:
Oil and Cotton
837 W. 7th Street
Dallas, Texas 75208

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