Recently a fresh crop of innovative bike racks sprung up at Astor Place in New York, and Core77 was on the scene to document the affair with some great photos! The 10 racks on display were selected as finalists in the CityRacks Design Competition, which issued an international challenge to re-think the hum-drum bike racks interspersed throughout our city streets as opportunities for public art and the promotion of bicycle awareness.

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Over the past few months the streets of New York have seen a resurgence in bicycling thanks to the plaNYC initiative, which aims to raise awareness for cycling as a sustainable, mainstream transportation option. The plan seeks to introduce 1,800 miles of bike lanes to New York by 2030 and facilitate bike use by providing necessary infrastructure and secure bike parking.

Co-presented by the NYC Department of Transportation and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the CityRacks Competition called for the world’s design community to revitalize those ubiquitous grey bike racks with innovative new forms. The 10 finalists were chosen from over 200 entries and feature durable noncorrosive materials, iconic aesthetics, and smart designs that allow more than one bike to be locked to each rack. The winner of the competition will be announced on October 24th at the CityRacks Competition Website.

For more photos check out Core77 > and Glen Jackson Taylor’s flickr feed >

+ CityRacks Design Competition

+ NYC Department of Transportation

+ Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum