Bike parking, I know, fascinating stuff.

But like anything it’s all about who’s doing it. Your local community board? Probably pretty boring. How about if you’re an avant garde rock and roll hero, like David Byrne? Besides giving the world awesome songs, becoming an international spokesman for the benefits of cycling as transportation through interviews, advocacy, writing a rather popular book about urban planning and rocking tours on a folding bike; he’s also managed to create the most interesting & fun bike parking structures…. ever.

 

But before everyone and the New York Times their dog got excited about bicycling, Mr. Byrne was quietly doing a creative and awesome advocacy project on his own: weird bike racks custom made and legally installed throughout New York City during a time when bike parking was especially hard to find.

In the years since we’ve seen a half dozen versions of what bike parking fixtures look like – rectangles, circles, rectangular circles… B-O-R-I-N-G. This was his idea:


and it turned out like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 As the New York Times, reported; “The locations about as perfect as one could imagine — Wall Street for the dollar sign and Bergdorf’s for the giant high heel!”

 

Sadly these works of genius and fabrication mastery were only temporary for several months in … in 2008. I’ll always remember the joy of locking up to a few of them. Each time it seemed like astounding good luck. There it was. Here I am. And it was just sitting there. It felt like parking on the white house lawn, but.. you know… more awesome.

 

Thanks, David.

 

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3 Responses to And now for David Byrne

  1. AManda says:

    the Center for architecture in Nyc still has theirs! http://cfa.aiany.org/index.php?section=visiting

    great blog. just discovered it and will be sure to add it to my londonderry blogroll

  2. [...] Events Girls Gone Riding Amazing DOT poster art in NYC By admin On April 27, 2012 · Leave a Comment · In advocacy I’m not sure how this one snuck by me. But if they’re still up, you should definitely try to check them out. This smacks of the occasional brilliance from somewhere within the DOT (keep it up, whoever you are!) That approved David Byrne’s amazing bike parking structures. [...]

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