Transforming unused parking meter posts into functional bicycle racks across the city


From parking meter posts to bicycle racks

After the success of the NYC Hoop Rack we were delighted to be commissioned by DOT NYC to design another new bicycle parking solution for the city. The new rack is part of the continued effort by the Department of Transport (DOT) to make New York City a more cycle friendly environment. The task for the new solution was to transform existing and unused parking meter posts into new bicycle racks.

Part of a family

We set out to create a design that would fit alongside the NYC Hoop rack design. In creating a design family for the bicycle racks, we both strengthen the NYC DOT communication and enable cyclists to quickly and easily identify with the design.

Principal thinking

We considered many different concept principles for attaching bicycle racks onto the existing parking meter posts. Once a principal was selected together with DOT, we worked with the details and translating the expression from the existing Hoop Rack.

Testing and iterations

The development of the design went through a period of real-life prototype testing and iterations on the streets. Strength, production cost and ease of install influenced the design. The final design, like the Hoop Rack, is made from sand cast and galvanised ductile iron.



Book: Velo City, Prestel by Gavin Blyth, 2014


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