The 10 finalists in the CityRacks Design Competition, announced last March, are on the streets and ready for use, with prototypes installed in four of the five boroughs (sorry, Staten Island). Rack locations are mapped on the contest blog, where the city is accepting comments on each design. Nine of the prototype racks are also on display at Astor Place, where a reception was held yesterday.
The CityRacks competition is co-sponsored by New York City DOT, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Transportation Alternatives and Google. The winning design, to be adopted as the "new standard" for city bike parking, will be named on October 24.
Streetsblog regular Susan Donovan has already noted that several of the racks are designed for front wheel locking only, a drawback that she says "won’t fly" in NYC. What say you?