This project is a design competition; following these instructions and using the drawing packet as a guide you will design anentry and submit it for consideration by Back Porch Studio, Oil and Cotton and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. Feel free to submitmore than one entry. The winning design will then be built at a work shop and the design and building instructions will bemade available online.You will have until
Saturday December 1st
to complete and submit your design entry. The construction part of the projectwill occur at a later date to be announced in early
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 designcompetition 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 tosmall businesses.
The design requirements for the project simply consist of designing an easy-to-build bike rack. It can be as simple as takinga common bike rack design and proposing an easy way to build it or it can be a design that involves more than what is askedfor 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, forexample: 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
think about whether it is a 3-4 bike rack or one that holds 8 bikes. The ideal would be a flexible design thatwould hold a different number of bikes depending on how many modules you build and put together. This wouldallow 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 thebikes. While wood may be readily and inexpensively available, it would not provide the most secure of racks.However, w
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 thatthe rack will be used in many different scenarios. It may end up on a concrete sidewalk, a wooden deck, an asphaltdriveway, 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 specialconsideration.