Image credit Denis Marciniak at BlogTO
Last year TreeHugger showed the top ten finalists in OCAD's bike rack competition; Now the winners have been installed on Toronto's trendy Queen Street West. Fourth Year Students Evi Hui and Olivier Mayrand designed these speech bubbles and question marks.
Evi Hui and Olivier Mayrand, image credit Jen Tse
Winning the competition was perhaps the easy part; then you have to deal with the bureaucracy. Mayrand tells Jennifer Tse of BlogTO:
Designing them wasn't the challenge so much as getting them into the real world," Mayrand said. "We spent a good two weeks designing, but actually bringing them out onto the street took another year. We needed to secure all the locations along the street, get permits from the city, address concerns like whether they would scratch people's bikes, and check to make sure the manufacturing could be done.
Michael Pham; Image Credit Jen Tse
Michael Pham had much the same problem with his simple, elegant ring, telling Jen Tse:
When you work with the city and you set a date for a project, you never know what will happen," he said. "The project was prolonged, and there was one point where they said they couldn't even build the stands. That was frustrating. It was complicated, but we eventually got it done.
Perhaps one of the reasons we have a new anti-bike, anti-transit mayor in Toronto is that the last one had so many good ideas, but was so crappy at implementation. Everything was a time-consuming struggle. But at least these got done before the changing of the guard; we won't see the likes of them again. More at BlogTO
More on Bike Racks:
Bike Rack Competition in Toronto: Which Do You Like? : TreeHugger
Bike Rack Bonanza: NY Picks Top 10 Finalists for City Bike Rack Designs
Call for Entries: Redesign the Bike Rack
Turning Bike Racks into Works of Art