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Competition Information

This project is a design competition; following these instructions and using the drawing packet as a guide you will design an
entry and submit it for consideration by Back Porch Studio, Oil and Cotton and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. 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.

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 Lo be able Lo hold varlous amounLs of blkes. lf lL's
ºflxed" 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 flne lf you're proposlng LhaL your rack be used lndoors or Lhe wood ls only Lhere Lo 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

Please feel free to use the accompanying sheets 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.
Page 1 is for you to draw the top/plan view of your design. This view will allow you to show how many bikes your rack
can store.
On Page 2 you can draw a side view.
Page 3 is for a front view of your rack.
P4 and P5 - EXAMPLES
Pages 4 and 5 give you an example of what your drawings might look like. The example used is a typical tube bike rack
and it is shown in the Top, Front and Side views.

The additional sheets are drawings of different types of bikes that you can use. You can trace them or just use them as a guide.
1hey also serve Lo show LhaL Lhere are many dlfferenL Lypes of frames for blkes. Whlle Lhere ls no ºone slze flLs all" opLlon you can
think about the different types of bikes out there and try to design a rack that is flexible enough to accommodate various bike

Additional things to think about
 There are numerous types of bike locks; there are chains of various lengths and there are U-locks.

 It is less than ideal when the only way you can tie your bike means the frame has to rest on the rack and it scratches the

 Sometimes people want to not just tie the bike to the rack by the frame but both wheels as well because their bike
wheels are of the quick release type.

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