Nice Rack!

New York City curbs have been adorned with new bicycle racks, designed by musician and biking enthusiast, David Byrne. The city's Department of Transportation and one of the most celebrated art galleries, PaceWildenstein, have partnered up in an effort to promote bicycling and lower the city's carbon footprint. NYC has been making an effort to go green, and one way is via Summer Streets program, where they "close off a 6.9-mile north-south route for six hours on three consecutive Saturdays. Otherwise, it's pretty dangerous on the bike around the city among high foot and car traffic. For 11 months, these bike racks will stay with us in the city, in an attempt to encourage exercise, promote biking and conserve energy. After the year, David Byrne hopes they can be sold as works of art.

“By bringing attractive yet functional sculptures to our streets, we are elevating the profile of cycling, and we believe that more and more people will begin to think about cycling as a mode of transportation, and not just a mode of recreation,” Ms. Sadik-Khan said in a statement. “Regular bike riders have an eagle eye for our current bike racks but these nine installations will capture the attention of all New Yorkers.”

“It was important to me that these new racks be the same thickness and material as the existing racks—to help identify them as practical bike racks and not just modern art,” Mr. Byrne said. “The locations about as perfect as one could imagine — Wall Street for the dollar sign and Bergdorf’s for the giant high heel!”

Locations are in order of the photos starting top left:

The MoMA: South side of West 54th Street, east of the Avenue of the Americas

The Olde Times Square: South side of West 44th Street, west of Seventh Avenue

The Villager: In front of 536 La Guardia Place, between West Third and Bleecker Streets

The Coffee Cup: West side of Amsterdam Avenue, between West 110th and 111th Streets

The Wall Street: North side of 82 Wall Street, west of Water Street

The Ladies’ Mile: West side of Fifth Avenue, north of 57th Street (in front of Bergdorf’s)

The Hipster: West side of Bedford Avenue, near North Sixth Street, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The Chelsea: In front of 530 West 25th Street, east of 11th Avenue (in front of PaceWildenstein Gallery)

The Jersey: Northwest corner of Ninth Avenue and 39th Street, near the Lincoln Tunnel

via NYTimes

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