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Monday, July 26, 2010

GOLDEN TRIANGLE BID UNVEILS WINNING ARTISTIC BIKE RACK

"Clip Art" designed by Kaylyn and Kyle Bancroft
 Photo Courtesy of Golden Triangle BID
"Clip Art" by Kaylyn and Kyle Bancroft, Photo Courtesy of Golden Triangle BID

GOLDEN TRIANGLE BID UNVEILS WINNING ARTISTIC BIKE RACK
--D.C. Department of Environment Head to Encourage Cycling to Work --

WASHINGTON, D.C., (July  23, 2010) – As part of its ongoing beautification program to bring public art and install more bike racks in the city, the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) unveiled a new artistic bike rack at the corner of 21st  and L streets NW.

Named “Clip Art,” the new bike rack features three colorful structures formed in the shape of  nine oversized paper clips, which can hold six locked bikes.

“The design is a play on a standard office supply— and what’s more standard than paper clips in an office district?” said Leona Agouridis, executive director of the Golden Triangle BID. “This emphasizes that we want people to feel comfortable riding their bikes to the central business district and we want them to have places to park.  These artistic bikes racks not only serve that purpose, they beautify the community.”

The winning bike rack, designed by siblings, Kaylyn and Kyle Bancroft, was selected from 50 entries. Kaylyn is an incoming freshman at Boston University and Kyle is a junior at the University of Virginia.The Bancrofts received a $1,500 honorarium plus a complimentary Saturday night stay at The Hay-Adams.

Since 2000, the Golden Triangle BID has installed 350 bike racks creating parking spaces for more than 700 bikes. Last year, an artistic bike rack, named “BIKE HERE,” that accommodates 10 bikes, was installed outside the Dupont Circle Metro station. The Golden Triangle BID has also transformed nine historic fire and police call boxes into works of art and commissioned two alley art projects. One mural is in the alley next to Luigi’s Italian Restaurant at 19th  Street NW near M Street NW; and the second is next to the Farragut West Metro Station at Connecticut Avenue NW near I Street NW. The Golden Triangle BID has plans for a tree-lined median to be built along Connecticut Avenue NW from K to L streets NW. For additional information on the Golden Triangle BID, please visit www.goldentriangledc.com.

The Golden Triangle BID is a private organization that works to enhance DC’s Central Business District from the White House to Dupont Circle and 16th Street, NW to 21st Street, NW. The BID’s primary focus is to provide a clean, safe and friendly environment within its 43 blocks of public space for area workers and visitors. The BID has a 23- member Board of Directors representing owners and tenants in the central business district. Its Ambassador program has 31 employees who focus on customer service.

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2 comments:

  1. Lindsey10:26 PM

    Do you know who manufactured the "clip art" bike rack? Thank you.

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  2. No, but you might try the Golden Triangle BID to see if they have info.

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