Seeking Creative Bike Rack Designs for Downtown Ithaca

Submissions will be accepted until August 31

ITHACA NY, JULY 17, 2020 – Following the success of the initial round of art bike racks in downtown Ithaca in 2018, The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) and City of Ithaca are looking for artists and residents of all ages to submit ideas for creative bike rack designs for the second round of 12 additional racks from now through Monday, Aug. 31.

Each of 12 winning designs will receive a cash prize, including a special $100 prize for the top entry by a Tompkins County youth.  The DIA will work with local artist blacksmith Durand’s Forge to fabricate racks based on the winning designs, and the City will install them at preselected locations in downtown and Collegetown in 2021.

The goals of the project are to encourage cycling as a viable mode of transportation while enhancing the community with creative functional art in our urban environment, designed by and for the whole community.

Any individual or group may submit an entry (entries) to the competition. Individuals may submit up to three designs. A design review board composed of bicyclists, artists, and other community members will work with the DIA and be responsible for selecting the winning designs. Judges will select the winners based on the designs on functionality, artistic innovation, and creativity. The group is also especially hoping for designs reflecting aspects of Ithaca’s unique culture, history, and characteristics of place.

This project is a partnership of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, City of Ithaca Office of Economic Development and Department of Public Works. The project is funded by an anonymous donor.

To download guidelines and a design submission form, visit, call the DIA at (607) 277-8679, or email