Ohio.com staff

The City of Kent invites designers, artists, and the public to participate in a competition to design and create bicycle racks to be installed throughout downtown.

The bike rack project is a streetscape component of the Downtown Redevelopment Project, which is working to make the downtown area more bike and pedestrian friendly. One of the goals of the project is to enhance the appearance of benches, liter receptacles, and other public features.

All bike racks should be designed to be low maintenance, resistant to vandalism, and durable. Each rack should be able to support two bicycles, and should improve the overall landscape and appearance of the area, in conjunction with the rest of the Downtown Redevelopment Project.

Anyone interested in participating must present five copies of their submittal to the City Engineer, 930 Overholt Road, by 5 p.m. on Jan. 24.  The submittal should include a statement of interest, current resume, images of the design concept, and references. Any mailed materials must be received, not postmarked, by Jan. 24. An email submittal is acceptable if it is in PDF format.

Three finalists will be chosen, and will each be given a stipend of $1,000 with which to turn their concept into reality. The final project will be complete on May 30, 2014, with the delivery of the bike racks to the city.

For more information about requirements for submittals, and to learn more about the project, click here.