Academy of Arts Students Help Resolve S.F. Bike Parking Problem

Categories: bikes

You see the problem?
If soon you find it a tad easier to find a place to park your bike around Yerba Buena, then you have the clever and artsy students of San Francisco to thank.

A team from San Francisco's Academy of Art University was selected from more than 35 international entries as the winner of a student competition to design a portable bicycle corral for the City's Yerba Buena neighborhood, according to the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District. The portable bicycle corral will "meet the growing demand for bike parking at cultural and special events in Yerba Buena, and encourage even more people to use sustainable alternatives of transportation."

So here are the details of the winning design titled "Pedalution:"

It incorporates a foldable bicycle structure on recycled rubber casters for easy transport and features silhouettes of characteristics found in the Yerba Buena neighborhood as well as other Bay Area icons, including the Golden Gate Bride, Yerba Buena Gardens, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial fountain, trees and people.

A little explanation from the winners, Jill McDonald, Marissa Gurevitz and Kevin Capos:

We felt it was important to show diversity and range in our design inspired by the eclectic mix found in San Francisco and specifically Yerba Buena. We represented the iconic bridge, the calming nature found in the park, particularly the green space and water features, and of course the people who make this area so special.
The competition, which started in February, was sponsored by the YBCBD and the San Francisco Planning Department's Pavement to Parks program. The winners scored a $500 cash prize, which will presumably go toward purchasing a new bike. After basking in all that dough, the winners will work with San Francisco-based Spoke Systems to fabricate a prototype for the Yerba Buena neighborhood.

You can still see all the entries, which came from team located in Indian Iran, Slovenia, and Spain, on exhibit at SPUR until May 31.

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