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1st Annual Bike Rack Design Competition Winner to be Announced
(Thursday, May 27, 2010) - And the winner is... come on down to the Dartmouth Waterfront and find out who will win the first annual bike rack design competition. The announcement take place at the Bike Week Kick-Off event in the Ferry Terminal Park at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth at 8 pm, Friday, May 28, 2010.
Mayor Peter Kelly applauded the design competition. “It epitomizes the dedication many people in our business community have for the environment and also for the downtown core,” the Mayor said. “This contest embodies urban planning, environmental sustainability, physical activity and active transportation.” The Mayor added that the bike rack initiative helps promote a healthy, sustainable and vibrant community.
This healthy competition was the brain child of local “Wooden Monkey” restaurateur, Lil MacPherson, who is a passionate environmentalist. She pitched the idea of a bike rack design competition to whwarchitects and they took up the challenge. Designers at the architectural firm came up with innovative submissions including ‘bluenoser bike rack’; ‘momentum bike rack’; ‘Axon’, and ‘the fiddlehead’.
Other local businesses have jumped on board. Halifax Cycle Gallery has donated a BUB (Batavus Utility Bike) for the winning submission. The Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. (WDCL) plans to install bike racks on the waterfront as part of planned redevelopment and will work with one of the competition designs.
"It's important for people to have green choices in how they access and enjoy their waterfront experience - whether it is walking, biking or car share programs," said Colin MacLean, President & CEO, WDCL. "We're pleased to join with other community partners to showcase a wonderful green initiative through this competition and, at the same time, add a form of public art on the waterfront."
Check online for other Bike Week Activities at www.halifax.ca/bikeweek/ .
Mayor Peter Kelly
Halifax Regional Municipality
Manager of Sustainable Environment Management Office (SEMO)