David Byrne and the New York City Department of Transportation, in conjunction with New York art gallery PaceWildenstein, have unveiled nine unique bicycle racks designed by DB and installed in various locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. An avid bicyclist for almost 30 years, Byrne was invited to join the panel of jurors selected by the DOT to judge a design competition for outdoor and indoor bicycle racks. Inspired by the city’s initiative, he submitted some original design ideas of his own named after specific locations and neighborhoods, which the DOT enthusiastically agreed to install. The bike racks are now on permanent loan to the city, and wil remain in their locations.
Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says “By bringing attractive yet functional sculptures to our streets, we are elevating the profile of cycling, and we believe that more and more people will begin to think about cycling as a mode of transportation, and not just a mode of recreation,” said Commissioner Sadik-Khan. “Regular bike riders have an eagle eye for our current bike racks but these nine installations will capture the attention of all New Yorkers.”
The Jersey : Ninth Ave. and 39th St., NW corner, near the Lincoln Tunnel
The Moma : W. 54th St., south side, east of Sixth Ave.
The Ladies’Mile: Fifth Ave., west side, north of 57th St. (in front of Bergdorf’s)
The Chelsea: In front of 530 W. 25th St., east of Eleventh Ave. (in front of PaceWildenstein Gallery)
The Hipster: Brooklyn, Bedford Ave., west side, near N. Sixth St
The Olde Times Sq: 44th St., south side, west of Seventh Ave.
The Villager: In front of 536 Laguardia Place between W. 3rd St. and Bleecker St.
The Wall Street: 82 Wall St., north side, west of Water St.
The Coffee Cup: Amsterdam Ave., west side, between 110th and 111th Sts.