Students to Help San Francisco Solve Bicycle Parking Problems

Categories: Contest!, bikes

You see the problem now?
Hey, students, here's your chance to garner a decent amount of fame and money before the age of 30.

Yerba Buena Community Benefit District is teaming up with the Bicycle Coalition and city planners to sponsor a student-only competition asking the city's budding architects to design a portable on-street bike corral that could be deployed in San Francisco's Yerba Buena neighborhood as needed.

The idea is to help cyclists find a place to park by blending the on-street bike corral idea with mobile open space infrastructure like the Parkmobiles which, if you have not noticed, are throughout downtown.

The winning team gets $500 and the chance to work with a professional firm to create a prototype that could be used in the Yerba Buena neighborhood. All entries will be part of an exhibition at SPUR.

"There is a high demand for bicycle facilities in Yerba Buena given its thriving street life, packed cultural events calendar, and links to the waterfront and public transit," said Cathy Maupin, YBCBD executive director. "Tapping into the creativity of design students will provide us with unique ideas that reflect the creativity of our neighborhood."

An information session for applicants is scheduled for Feb. 25 at the San Francisco Planning and Research Association, and interested participants must register online by March 1. Find out how to enter at the YBCBD website.

Perhaps when these brilliant minds are done, San Francisco's students could solve Muni's budget problems, too.

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Jan Blum
Jan Blum

Professionally trained transportation managment would be a great start, followed by a complete reorganization and some funding.

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