New York City bike rack contest: Hoop wins

Ian Mahaffy and Maarten De Greeve’s “Hoop” was selected as the new standard bike rack to be installed by the city of New York.

This cast metal circular design is evocative of “an abstracted bicycle tire” according to the City transportation department judges who selected the winning entry.Eco Jym likes it because it reminds him of “Ron Cobb’s ecology symbol.” Read more.

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  • Tony Bullard
    November 14, 2008 - 11:27 am | Permalink

    How are they going to pin that thing to the ground? Seems like it wouldn't fit more than a couple bolts. Sure, stealing the rack with a bike wouldn't be convenient, but the rack itself doesn't see, like it would be all that secure, which seems like trouble to me.

  • Tony Bullard
    November 14, 2008 - 6:27 pm | Permalink

    How are they going to pin that thing to the ground? Seems like it wouldn't fit more than a couple bolts. Sure, stealing the rack with a bike wouldn't be convenient, but the rack itself doesn't see, like it would be all that secure, which seems like trouble to me.

  • Tony Bullard
    November 14, 2008 - 6:27 pm | Permalink

    How are they going to pin that thing to the ground? Seems like it wouldn't fit more than a couple bolts. Sure, stealing the rack with a bike wouldn't be convenient, but the rack itself doesn't see, like it would be all that secure, which seems like trouble to me.

  • Al
    November 14, 2008 - 11:29 am | Permalink

    Ironic that it looks like a car steering wheel.

    That aside, let me be the first to say, "Nice Rack".

  • Al
    November 14, 2008 - 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Ironic that it looks like a car steering wheel.That aside, let me be the first to say, "Nice Rack".

  • Yokota Fritz
    November 14, 2008 - 11:37 am | Permalink

    @Tony: There's a photo of this rack in the wild at the NYTimes, but I don't have any clue how it's attached to the ground. Maybe it's glued in place?

    The article describes it as cast iron so it's at leat heavy.

  • Yokota Fritz
    November 14, 2008 - 6:37 pm | Permalink

    @Tony: There's a photo of this rack in the wild at the NYTimes, but I don't have any clue how it's attached to the ground. Maybe it's glued in place?The article describes it as cast iron so it's at leat heavy.

  • Yokota Fritz
    November 14, 2008 - 11:41 am | Permalink

    @al: Boulder Colorado used to take old steering wheels and attach them to parking meters for bike racks. They use commercial metal hoops for their parking meter racks now.

  • Yokota Fritz
    November 14, 2008 - 6:41 pm | Permalink

    @al: Boulder Colorado used to take old steering wheels and attach them to parking meters for bike racks. They use commercial metal hoops for their parking meter racks now.

  • Kate
    November 14, 2008 - 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Hah…that's all you guys got? Check out the winners of Austin's bike rack design contest:

    http://www.terrorintheheartland.com/2008/11/03/downtown-bicycle-rack-winners/

    Boo.yah.

  • Kate
    November 14, 2008 - 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Hah…that's all you guys got? Check out the winners of Austin's bike rack design contest:http://www.terrorintheheartland.com/2008/11/03/downtown-bicycle-rack-winners/Boo.yah.

  • Yokota Fritz
    November 14, 2008 - 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Kate, I like those Austin designs – very nice. But does Austin plan to install 5,000 of those like NYC does?

  • Yokota Fritz
    November 14, 2008 - 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Kate, I like those Austin designs – very nice. But does Austin plan to install 5,000 of those like NYC does?

  • Kate
    November 14, 2008 - 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Considering that Austin has less than a tenth of NYC's population, and even less of which live in areas accessible by bicycles…no.

    :D

  • Kate
    November 14, 2008 - 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Considering that Austin has less than a tenth of NYC's population, and even less of which live in areas accessible by bicycles…no. :D

  • Alan
    November 14, 2008 - 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Sweet. Love the design. Simple, clean, and it made me think of bicycle wheels and the ecology symbol as well.

    Alan @ EcoVelo

  • Tony Bullard
    November 14, 2008 - 1:01 pm | Permalink

    @Yokota
    That NYTimes pic looks photoshoped…concept image or something. Look at the way the chain lays on the rack, looks funny.

  • Alan
    November 14, 2008 - 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Sweet. Love the design. Simple, clean, and it made me think of bicycle wheels and the ecology symbol as well.Alan @ EcoVelo

  • Alan
    November 14, 2008 - 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Sweet. Love the design. Simple, clean, and it made me think of bicycle wheels and the ecology symbol as well.Alan @ EcoVelo

  • Alan
    November 14, 2008 - 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Sweet. Love the design. Simple, clean, and it made me think of bicycle wheels and the ecology symbol as well.Alan @ EcoVelo

  • Alan
    November 14, 2008 - 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Sweet. Love the design. Simple, clean, and it made me think of bicycle wheels and the ecology symbol as well.Alan @ EcoVelo

  • Alan
    November 14, 2008 - 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Sweet. Love the design. Simple, clean, and it made me think of bicycle wheels and the ecology symbol as well.Alan @ EcoVelo

  • Alan
    November 14, 2008 - 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Sweet. Love the design. Simple, clean, and it made me think of bicycle wheels and the ecology symbol as well.Alan @ EcoVelo

  • Tony Bullard
    November 14, 2008 - 8:01 pm | Permalink

    @YokotaThat NYTimes pic looks photoshoped…concept image or something. Look at the way the chain lays on the rack, looks funny.

  • Tony Bullard
    November 14, 2008 - 8:01 pm | Permalink

    @YokotaThat NYTimes pic looks photoshoped…concept image or something. Look at the way the chain lays on the rack, looks funny.

  • Tony Bullard
    November 14, 2008 - 8:01 pm | Permalink

    @YokotaThat NYTimes pic looks photoshoped…concept image or something. Look at the way the chain lays on the rack, looks funny.

  • Tony Bullard
    November 14, 2008 - 1:07 pm | Permalink

    @Kate
    Those gear tree racks seem like a horrible idea. Just the ideaof tripping and running a shoulder into a giant line of gears…ow.

  • Tony Bullard
    November 14, 2008 - 8:07 pm | Permalink

    @KateThose gear tree racks seem like a horrible idea. Just the ideaof tripping and running a shoulder into a giant line of gears…ow.

  • GhostRider
    November 14, 2008 - 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Those new NYC racks should be popular with the "fixie crowd"…the thing looks like the requisite "Arrospok" (minus one spoke).

  • GhostRider
    November 15, 2008 - 12:52 am | Permalink

    Those new NYC racks should be popular with the "fixie crowd"…the thing looks like the requisite "Arrospok" (minus one spoke).

  • GhostRider
    November 15, 2008 - 12:52 am | Permalink

    Those new NYC racks should be popular with the "fixie crowd"…the thing looks like the requisite "Arrospok" (minus one spoke).

  • GhostRider
    November 15, 2008 - 12:52 am | Permalink

    Those new NYC racks should be popular with the "fixie crowd"…the thing looks like the requisite "Arrospok" (minus one spoke).

  • Adrienne
    November 14, 2008 - 7:39 pm | Permalink

    It seems to be fixed to the ground by a mounting system that bolts to the ring and then to the ground. I think it looks pretty neat and would be beautiful if there were a dozen of them lined along the whole length of a street. I just wish these racks were designed with more than 2 bikes in mind. They fill up so fast!

  • Adrienne
    November 15, 2008 - 2:39 am | Permalink

    It seems to be fixed to the ground by a mounting system that bolts to the ring and then to the ground. I think it looks pretty neat and would be beautiful if there were a dozen of them lined along the whole length of a street. I just wish these racks were designed with more than 2 bikes in mind. They fill up so fast!

  • Adrienne
    November 15, 2008 - 2:39 am | Permalink

    It seems to be fixed to the ground by a mounting system that bolts to the ring and then to the ground. I think it looks pretty neat and would be beautiful if there were a dozen of them lined along the whole length of a street. I just wish these racks were designed with more than 2 bikes in mind. They fill up so fast!

  • Jym
    November 14, 2008 - 8:59 pm | Permalink

    =v= Yep, I like the ecology symbol, and NYC has a handful of other designs by David Byrne.

    NYC also has two award-winning bike racks designed to protect street trees: [PDF format, 237kb].

  • Jym
    November 15, 2008 - 3:59 am | Permalink

    =v= Yep, I like the ecology symbol, and NYC has a handful of other designs by David Byrne.NYC also has two award-winning bike racks designed to protect street trees: [PDF format, 237kb].

  • Christopher Fahey
    November 18, 2008 - 7:35 am | Permalink

    While beautiful, it look extremely weak to me. An enormous amount of leverage can be put upon the tiny footprint at the bottom. It looks, however, like the NYT photo of it installed in Astor Place may involve a much larger footplate to solve this very problem.

    A typical design cop-out: Design an elegant object that cannot survive without an ugly prosthetic, but display it in magazines without that prosthetic. It's like electronic devices being shown without bulky ugly power cords.

  • Christopher Fahey
    November 18, 2008 - 2:35 pm | Permalink

    While beautiful, it look extremely weak to me. An enormous amount of leverage can be put upon the tiny footprint at the bottom. It looks, however, like the NYT photo of it installed in Astor Place may involve a much larger footplate to solve this very problem. A typical design cop-out: Design an elegant object that cannot survive without an ugly prosthetic, but display it in magazines without that prosthetic. It's like electronic devices being shown without bulky ugly power cords.

  • Christopher Fahey
    November 18, 2008 - 2:35 pm | Permalink

    While beautiful, it look extremely weak to me. An enormous amount of leverage can be put upon the tiny footprint at the bottom. It looks, however, like the NYT photo of it installed in Astor Place may involve a much larger footplate to solve this very problem. A typical design cop-out: Design an elegant object that cannot survive without an ugly prosthetic, but display it in magazines without that prosthetic. It's like electronic devices being shown without bulky ugly power cords.

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