Competition Format

The competition is open to the design community including architects, artists, engineers, landscape architects, planners, urban designers, product and industrial designers, and manufacturers. Recognizing that the apparent simplicity of bicycle parking belies its many practical requirements, DOT encourages multi-disciplinary teams to participate.

Sidewalk Rack

This is a two-stage, international design competition. Competitors will submit concept ideas in Stage I. A selection committee will select up to ten competitors who will move to Stage II and receive an honorarium of $5,000 to produce two full-scale prototypes of their design. These prototypes will be exhibited at an opening reception at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in fall 2008 and will then be installed at two locations in the City to test their ability to withstand the New York City street environment. The jury will then select first-, second-, and third-place winners. The first-place winner will receive an additional $10,000 prize[1].

In-Building Parking

This is a one-stage, international design competition. Competitors will submit concept ideas, and a jury will select first-, second-, and third-place winners. The first-place winner may then have the opportunity to work with Google to install the facility at its New York City headquarters.


[1] In exchange for the prize, the first-place winner will transfer intellectual property rights to the design to the City.




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