Charlottesville Installs Artistic Bike Racks

Dave McNair from The Hook recently reported that the City of Charlottesville is going to install artistic bike racks at schools, parks, and other public areas. The City is worked with Working with Art-in-Place and the Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation to install these artistic racks.

McNair said that “the first set of racks went up on January 14 at Washington Park, a pair of metal stick figures, created by artist Bill Hess, that will appear to be riding the bike parked beneath them; there is room for two more bikes on either side of the rack.”

“Three other racks will be installed at locations around the city in the next few months; a harlequin rolling two wheels by artist Nini Beckstrom for McGuffey Park, a ‘Bicycle in the Clouds’ by Bob Batz for Jackson-Via Elementary, and a series of half wheels with spokes by Clay Hill Forge for the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library downtown.”

I love these new bike racks because they add character to Charlottesville’s public spaces and they promote alternative transportation. The University of Virginia should take notes.

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