Monday, August 29, 2011

Carroll U. Update

With the student body moved back in and classes starting up Thursday. The campus is getting the last minute punch list of items completed to start the semester. I have seen a couple of the new bike racks installed and ready for use(there could be more but I didn't get around the entire campus today) and we have locks on the doors of the student bike shop, which isn't officially named yet, soon it'll have power and we can start moving in.

I had a meeting with Dan today to discuss the schedule for the shop, services we are going to offer students, and set a time and day for weekly rides around the city. We are even planning a couple of trips to Ray's and the Kettles.

It will be an exciting year for the bicycling community at Carroll.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Call for bike rack designs!

8/4/11 Updates added in red, below.

DEADLINE: August 31, 2011
Call For Artists/Designers/Welders--
Request for Proposals
Sculptural Bike Racks for Central Waukesha

Waukesha Bicycle Alliance is seeking proposals from artists/welders teams for sculptural bike rack designs for downtown Waukesha. 

Art has been at the heart of downtown Waukesha's transformation and rejuvenation.  The city now has many galleries, a thriving artist community, and has over 10 works of outdoor public art throughout the downtown.  The lively art scene, shops and restaurants, and pedestrian-friendly environment makes downtown Waukesha a great bicycling destination.  The WBA wants to encourage more people to come to downtown on their bikes.  In fact, many of the challenges that the downtown faces (vehicle circulation, parking, and pedestrian/car conflicts) could be solved if more people rode their bikes.  There is one problem: the downtown lacks adequate bicycle parking.

Project Purpose 
The WBA is seeking at least five sculptural bike racks designs by artists from the Waukesha area.  The WBA hopes to select the five winning designs from all the designs submitted.  The WBA will then take the winning designs to local welders and metal shops to determine the cost of engineering, fabrication, and finish of the selected designs.  

By having the complete cost of engineering, fabricating, and finishing the selected designs, the WBA can then set fundraising goals and contact various agencies and organizations that have expressed interest in funding the racks.

The WBA hopes that one result of this project will be the more public support for additional artistic bike racks, and more public support for establishing an artistic bike rack "fund" to help subsidize the costs for businesses that want to create their own design for an artistic bike rack outside their business.  Our previous efforts at securing funds for an artistic bike rack have fumbled, partly because we do not have solid cost estimates for the fabrication of the rack designs.

Bike Rack Design Requirements:
Due to the limited street space for racks in the downtown area, the artistic racks need to fit in a narrow space and accommodate at least 2 bikes parallel to each other.  Specifically, racks should meet the following specifications:
  • Width (depth) should not exceed 8”
  • Length should be at least 18” but not more than 7’
  • Height should be at least 3’ but not more than 7’
The rack should:
  • Support the frame of the bicycle in two places, including bicycles without a diamond-shaped frame with a horizontal top tube (a step-thru frame such as traditional women’s bikes have)
  • Allow for the bicycle frame and at least one wheel to be secured to the rack when both wheels are left on the bike
  • Be strong enough to resist damage by the small bobcat-style front loaders that plow snow downtown.
  • Not have any sharp points that could hurt children or inattentive pedestrians.
  • Be constructed of durable, low maintenance materials
  • The bike rack should be designed to be mounted with surface mounts in concrete
  • More information about good rack design, and surface mounting into concrete, is available on the WBA specifications webpage.
Payment of Artist FeesArtists who submit one of the 5 winning WBA chosen bike rack concepts will be awarded a $50 stipend for their submittal.  All designs become propoerty of the WBA.  The WBA reserves the right to publish all designs submitted on the website  

Guidelines for Submissions
Design proposals must be submitted electronically in PDF format by August 31, 2011.
  • Each entry should consist of two 8.5 x 11 pages: The first page should have a drawing of the proposed design, along with the artist's contact information (name, email, phone, snail mail address, and webpage).  The second page should include a list of materials and fabrication method and any other information the artist wishes to convey.  If you are an artist or welder with the desire and ability to fabricate your own rack design, please let us know in your submission, by providing an estimate of what you would charge to create the final product.  This would help us greatly!
  • Limit 2 entries per artist
Submissions may be mailed or e-mailed to:
Sonia Dubielzig, Waukesha Bicycle Alliance,

Selection Process
A jury consisting of members of the WBA, some downtown business owners, and artists will review the design proposals.
Notification and Timeline Submissions are due by August 31, 2011
Selected artist/designer/welders will be notified by September 10.

Sources for Additional Information
The WBA's sculptural bike racks webpage contains photos and more information.  You can also contact Sonia Dubielzig at 262-271-6721 or e-mail