Design Guidelines

Competitors are urged to be as creative as possible while recognizing the need for security, ease of installation and maintenance, and efficient use of space.

Sidewalk Rack

  • Designs shall be wholly new designs developed solely for the purposes of this competition. Designs shall incorporate materials and finishes that are: durable and easy to maintain and install; theft- and tamper-resistant; resistant to corrosive agents (atmospheric, animal, motor vehicle, etc.); graffiti-resistant.
  • Designs shall avoid corrosion produced by metal-to-metal contact, including contact between the fixture and a standard bicycle.
  • All elements shall be composed of materials that are non-combustible and all finishes shall be non-flammable. Competitors are also encouraged to incorporate environmentally sustainable materials.
  • All designs must be safe for both pedestrians and cyclists. (As a reference, siting guidelines for current CityRacks will be provided to contestants.)
  • The bicycle should not have to be lifted off the ground more than 6 inches to access and be secured to the rack.
  • There must be a minimum two-point connection between the bicycle and the rack. That is, the design must allow for the bicycle frame as well as at least one wheel to be secured to the rack.
  • Most sizes and shapes of bicycle frames and bicycle wheels should be able to use the rack, utilizing generic and commonly available locks and chains.
  • All designs should be self-service and carry no operating costs.

In-Building Parking

  • Designs shall be wholly new designs developed solely for the purposes of this competition. Designs should be compatible with the space constraints of most New York City buildings.
  • Designs shall avoid corrosion produced by metal-to-metal contact, including contact between the competitor’s designs and a standard bicycle.
  • All elements shall be composed of materials that are non-combustible and all finishes shall be non-flammable. Competitors are also encouraged to incorporate environmentally sustainable materials.
  • Designs shall ensure that parking is designed so as to allow for ease of access to individual bicycles.



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