Here's a contest from the folks at Commonwealth (6th and Fremont) coming later this fall:
We’re accepting submissions from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges. The panel will select one winning design, with an announcement in Vegas Seven—and the selected artist will be awarded a prize of $1,000. Say what? Yes, we’ll give you $1,000 if you design a cool bike rack that can be installed along Commonwealth’s 6th Street wall.
A bike rack that featured a tire pump could be more interactive. Maybe the racks could be a part of a RTC campaign where users could check in to a RTC rack and each check-in is worth a .25 donation to a green-charity or future racks. Sounds like it could be an interesting RTC partnership since they are trying to do more to get people riding.
Lately I've been thinking about the possibilities for interactive or 'smart' bike racks. Interactivity could encourage use and promote biking culture. Could there be a social element? No one is really doing this yet, but why not be the first?
I know a few people have discussed Parking Day in the past. I will try and reopen the dialogue with them.
Also there is progress on new bike racks downtown. I have asked my friend who is part of the project to join the site.
Is downtown Vegas going to participate in Park(ing) Day??
It's coming up on September 22nd! It would be a great opportunity to test the bike corral method.
I've brought it up with the Fremont Bike Clinic to look into Bike corrals. Its a leap forward as it will take the space of a parking spot, however, they are popping up in the biggest bike cities in the country.
How often to do you find yourself foraging desperately for bike parking? You've pedaled to your local cafe or to the hardware store or to the bar and you have to scrounge around for some viable place to lock up your wheels. A parking meter perhaps? Maybe there's a free street sign? Or a...
According to the City Planning department, a simple building permit can be used to legally install a bike rack on private property. If you want to install a rack on the sidewalk (public right of way) you have to apply for an Encroachment Agreement with the Office of Land Development.
Person to speak to apparently is Barbara Baumgardner. The office line is 702-229-6885.
Here's a list of all of the bike stores in town. In other places, I've read about bike shops matching dollars committed by businesses to install bike racks on their property.
Waiting to hear back from the planning department on what the city requires regarding installation of racks on public right of way. I'll try to get them on this thread. Ashley maybe you know the rules on that already?
That sounds great. This seems to have taken legs so maybe we should all meet up to discuss. USR library?
Ashley, able to pull those folks into this thread? I'm pulling in another friend who is interested in helping out with this project.
We're considering trying to work on racks for a big number of establishments downtown, and doing a big reveal all on the same day, and hosting a rack-tour =)