Department Of Transportation NYC_Hoop Rack
Helping to transform NYC into a cycle friendly city
The new standard bicycle rack for NYC
Over 5000 racks have been installed throughout the city, as part of a larger initiative that is helping transform New York into a friendlier cycling city.
Robust, functional and safe
A slim line design profile allows it to be easily installed on the crowded NYC side walks while consuming a minimum space and preventing congestion.
As a whole and in its details has no sharp or protruding edges or parts that could cause harm to pedestrians or bicycles.
In search of a street icon
Though the form, materials and manufacturing process we considered how well it should fit into different urban environments from the more modern and new built areas of manhattan to the the more classic and historical neighbourhoods in the city like the brownstones around Brooklyn.
Considered life span and material
We considered a permanent look in the NYC urban environment. Material choice and production methods helped achieve this. We also wanted a good fit with other very permanent street features such as man hole covers and quality park benches. Cast iron was chosen for strength (tried and tested), character, permanence and solidity.
Working with repetition
“Mahaffy and DeGreeve have created a bike rack that works beautifully in a variety of contexts: in historic districts and newly built environments. The form of the rack-a wheel-is ‘product semantics’ in motion!
Mahaffy and De Greeve’s design reflects a modern simplicity that will greatly enhance the City’s streetscape. The rack is round with a horizontal crossbar, evoking an abstracted bicycle tire. Constructed of cast-metal, the design is elegant yet sturdy enough to withstand New York cyclists’ harsh treatment.”
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