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Artist Designed Bike Racks
SouthSide Arts District Streetscape Improvements
A Public Art Project funded by
Northampton County – CIPP Program
The City of Bethlehem seeks proposals from local artists to design functional, artistically innovative bicycle racks to be installed in SouthSide Arts District as part of the streetscape improvement initiative.
Artists are asked to submit a line drawing that is graphically strong and feasible for development into a functional bicycle rack. Up to three design proposals per artist may be submitted, each accompanied by a cost analysis. Commissioned artists will receive a stipend of $2000, intended to provide recognition and financial support to purchase materials necessary to successfully complete the project. Artist may partner with an engineer, welder or builder to facilitate construction of the bicycle rack. Based on the designs submitted, artists will be chosen by jury to construct eight bicycle racks. The goal is to complete installation of all eight bicycle racks by spring 2017.
The application form can be found online here: fest.formstack.com/forms/2017_ssad_bikerack_proposal
• Call to Artists: January 2, 2017-March 5, 2017
• Deadline for Design Submission: March 5, 2017
• Final Design Selection: March 15, 2017
• Artist Completion Deadline: May 14, 2017
• Installation: May 15-June 2
• Unveiling Event: June 3 or 4, 2017
The call for entries is for a free form standing artistic bicycle rack (non-traditional bicycle rack) on public right-of-way property. Each of the bicycle racks will be designed by a local artist chosen via a submission process. A committee made up of representatives from the City of Bethlehem, the SouthSide Downtown Manager, The Coalition of Appropriate Transportation and ArtsQuest Visual Arts staff will vote on final selection. Artists from or working in Bethlehem are preferred, however all submissions from Lehigh Valley-based artists will be considered. Each bike rack will be a dynamic piece of public art, while still maintaining its functionality. Applicants are encouraged to create a design that reflects the history, culture and future of Southside Bethlehem. While aesthetics are an important consideration, applicants should be sure that the purpose of the bike rack itself is self-evident, that it is easy to use and that it addresses the following:
• The artistic bicycle rack should be site specific and blend in aesthetically with downtown streetscape and complement nearby businesses. Artist is required to visit each site prior to construction.
• Artistic bicycle rack design materials should be weather resistant, durable, easy to maintain, and should not include sharp edges that could damage bicycles.
• The bike frame and front wheel may *both* be conveniently and securely locked to the artistic bicycle rack using a standard U-shaped shackle lock in a manner designed to minimize the risk of bending the frame or wheel.
• The artistic bike rack should function for a wide variety of bicycle sizes and fit 6-8 bicycles per rack based on location and dimensions.
• All artistic bicycle rack dimensions shall be shown and specified in the proposal.
• With a bicycle parked in the rack, the bicycle and rack shall not impede sidewalk traffic flow per ADA and section 3509 (a) of PA Vehicle Code.
All bicycle rack designs must adhere to all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for protrusions in the right of way, including the ability to detect the rack with a white cane. To be detected by a white cane, the protruding or leading edge of the rack shall be 27 inches or less above the sidewalk surface. Between 27 inches and 80 inches above the sidewalk surface, protruding or leading edges may overhang a maximum of 12 inches.
The top of the bicycle rack design should be a minimum of 36 inches tall. Except for the bicycle rack supporting brackets, the shortest section of the bicycle rack must be a minimum of 27 inches tall – enough to be perceived by a pedestrian and avoid tripping hazards.
The space between bicycle rack features must be larger than 9 inches or smaller than 3.5 inches to avoid children trapping their heads.
• Any design changes, construction restrictions or prohibitions made or encountered during the building phase must be communicated to the committee for approval.
• An artist may be asked to submit another proposal based on the selection of location.
- 3rd & New
- 3rd & Pierce
- 4th & Broadway
- 4th & New
- 4th & Vine
- Greenway & Taylor
- 4th Street & 300 Block (Parham Park next to Touchstone Theater)
- TBD Location
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