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Ithaca’s Art Bike Rack Project

Friday, May 25, 2018

Winning Designers to be Honored 6:00 PM Friday June 8, 2018 at CSMA

In 2017, the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and the City of Ithaca together with the Tompkins County Tourism Program and Bike Walk Tompkins launched a Community Bike Rack Design Competition with the idea of encouraging cycling as a desirable mode of transportation as well as enhancing downtown Ithaca with creative functional art, designed by and for the local community.

Local and regional artists of all ages submitted 80 different designs. The selection panel, using criteria of functionality, creativity and representation of Ithaca’s unique culture, history, and characteristics of place, chose twelve winning designs. These were then sent to local blacksmith and metal artist Durand Van Doren for crafting into bike racks. Using the colors recommended by the designers, the finished products were then galvanized, and fusion-coat painted for durability and additional beauty. Local bike advocates helped the City Engineering Division identify visible downtown locations near the Ithaca Commons where additional bike parking was needed, and the City installed the completed racks in late April.

Community members are invited to join City of Ithaca Common Council Members Seph Murtagh and Ducson Nguyen at a special celebration to honor the winning designers, and to celebrate local bicycle culture and public art on Friday June 8th, 2018 at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), 330 East State Street, Ithaca starting at 5:30 p.m. The Awards will be presented at 6:00 p.m. and a downtown walking tour of the racks will follow at 6:30 p.m. Victoria Armstrong will also lead a city-wide Bike Parking Tour showcasing examples of the good, the bad & the ugly in local bike parking. The ride, sponsored by Bike Walk Tompkins, is free and open to the public and will start from DeWitt Park the following day at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday June 9th.

Photos of the winning designs by local photographer Edna Brown will be on display at CSMA through June 22nd.  Members of the public are invited to visit CSMA and vote for your favorite design any time before the June 8th awards ceremony, when the People’s Choice Award will be announced.

For more information, contact Tom Knipe, City of Ithaca Deputy Director for Economic Development, tknipe@cityofithaca.org, 607-274-6554.