Artistic Bike Racks Coming to Platteville

 

Five unique designs will be installed during Bike to Work Week this spring

Thanks to the creative designs of several local community members, artists, and metal workers, Platteville’s Main Street District will soon be home to five more unique bike racks.  The creative designs were submitted in response to a competition, which was organized and managed by the Platteville Main Street Sustainability Committee and generously funded by a grant from the Platteville Community Fund.  This is the result of the Platteville Main Street Sustainability Committee’s Creative Bike Rack Design Competition, in which community members and metal workers were invited to submit design proposals for functional public art bike racks.

The competition winners are:

  • Jennifer Haile of Dubuque, IA and Jeff Baker of Baker Ironworks of Platteville, WI.  Jennifer’s design is a tribute to all the original miners that made Platteville what it is today will be featured at Cold Fusion.
  • Emily Fields and Jeff Baker of Baker Ironworks of Platteville, WI.  The Fields-Baker Ironworks team’s collaborative design features a police badge for the Police Department.
  • Brandon Marteny of Platteville, WI.  Brandon’s stylized sun & wheel design will be installed in front of Livingston State Bank.
  • The John, Lois, Sandi, and Sheri Schwert family team of Gays Mills, WI.  Team Schwert’s stylized design features the letters USPS in front of the Platteville Post Office.
  • 7th Grade Students(Designers) – Rachel Burkard, Harllie Vosberg, Cameron Sokolik & Platteville High School Students (Fabricators) of Platteville, WI.  The students’ design titled “Bart the Cow” is the winning choice from a total of 125 students in four classes as part of a 1st semester “Gateway to Technology” class project.  “Bart the Cow” will have a permanent home at Legion Field, the home of Dairy Days.

"The Platteville Creative Bike Rack Design Competition Committee was very impressed by the quality and variety of the 2014 design submissions.  To be able to add five more functional artistic bike racks to the Downtown area brings a sense of tremendous satisfaction to the Sustainability Committee", said Jack Luedtke the Executive Director of the Platteville Main Street Program.

These racks will help increase the amount of bike parking in several key areas that are currently underserved: Main Street, the post office, the police department, Legion Field, and the middle school.  They support continual efforts to make Platteville a bike-friendly city and encourage community health by promoting physical activity. 

The Platteville Main Street Sustainability Committee meets on the third Thursday of every month at 6pm at Driftless Market and is open to everyone interested in advancing sustainability principles in Platteville. For more information about the Platteville Main Street Sustainability Committee, please contact Heidi McBeth at Heidi@driftlessmarket.com or (608) 348-2696.