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

The
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 www.bikewaukesha.org.  

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,  bikewaukesha@gmail.com

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 bikewaukesha@gmail.com






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  1. Public Art Committee meeting 5:30 pm Monday, August 15 2011, Waukesha City Hall, 201 Delafield St. On the agenda: Update on artistic bike racks in downtown Waukesha.

    From the Waukesha Freeman 2011-08-13.

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  2. From the Waukesha Freeman 2011-08-18:

    Bike Alliance requests proposals for bike racks by August 31


    WAUKESHA – Many avid bikers say downtown Waukesha has the potential to be a destination for bicyclists all over the area – if only they had somewhere to put their bikes.
    The Waukesha Bicycle Alliance is seeking to remedy that problem by soliciting design proposals for at least five artistic bicycle racks to be placed downtown, an idea that has stalled because people are reluctant to give money to projects without seeing a design first, said Bike Alliance spokesperson Sonia Dubielzig.
    According to the Request for Proposals (RFP), the Bike Alliance will 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 (Bike Alliance) can then set fundraising goals and contact various agencies and organizations that have expressed interest in funding the racks,” Dubielzig said in an email.
    Artists must follow set guidelines for the racks, which have specific height and width requirements, must support at least two bicycles parallel with each other and must be strong enough to resist damage by the small bobcat-style front loaders that plow snow downtown in the winter, the RFP states.
    Design proposals are also limited to two per artist. The winning artists will get a $50 stipend for their submittals.
    All designs must be submitted electronically in PDF format by August 31, the RFP states.
    For a full list of requirements and other information, visit www.bikewaukesha.org.
    – Sarah Pryor, Freeman Staff

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