On Sunday, my column will highlight a new public art project for Old Main Street - sculpture bike racks.
That's right. It's art with a purpose.
For local artists interested in the project, here's some the info you'll need to know from the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority:
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Creativity: High quality design and artistic creativity
Sensitivity to urban setting:
• Relationship to the urban core character of Old Main St, downtown Bradenton
• does not impede pedestrian flow on sidewalks and keeps right‐of‐ways in compliance with ADA
• The City and Community desire to retain and enhance the pedestrian/bicycle orientation of Old
Main St. public art should relate to the pedestrian/bike rider experience of the street.
• Able to support and lock up at least two bikes securely and without damaging the bikes
• Low maintenance and high durability in the Florida environment.
Safety Some of the technical design features for a successful sculpture/bike rack are:
o No sharp edges.
o To be detected by a white cane, the protruding or leading edge of the rack shall be 27" or less above the
o The top of the bike rack design must be a minimum of 36" tall.
o Except for the bike rack supporting brackets, the shortest section of the bike rack must be a minimum of
27" tall—enough to be perceived by pedestrians and avoid tripping hazards.
o The space between rack features must be larger than 9" and smaller than 3.5" to avoid the potential for
children trapping their heads.
Go to: www.ddabradenton.com to view pictures of available bike rack locations
DEADLINE: September15, 2010
Find a COMPLETE list of guidelines at www.ddabradenton.com