Cultural Trust seeking artists to design bike racks for the Cultural District

Design a unique art bike rack to be installed in Downtown’s Cultural District

Request for Qualifications


Deadline: December 31, 2012

Information: Go to submission form

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust invites Pittsburgh area artists (residents of Allegheny County) to design and develop functional bicycle racks to be located in various locations within the Cultural District. The first phase of the project will produce five racks with the potential for more to follow.


Each selected artist receives a fee of $3000 to create a unique functional bicycle rack. This fee will cover the costs for design, fabrication, finishing and transportation of the completed rack to the installation site. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is responsible for the costs of installation and naming plaques.

Specifications for Design

  • Finish is to be galvanized steel, either raw and/or powder coated, aluminum, or stainless steel. No other finishes including ‘hand painted’ finishes will be accepted.
  • There should be a minimum of two bicycles per stand and a maximum of six.
  • The rack should support the bicycle in at least two places, including one wheel.
  • The rack must allow for ease of locking utilizing a commonly used “U” lock or longer cable lock.
  • Each bicycle parking space is easily accessible without moving another bicycle for access and maneuvering.
  • Base plates should be a minimum of 3/8” thick steel with the ability to be bolted to a concrete pad in four places.


  • All bicycle rack designs must adhere to all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for protrusions in the right-of-way including the ability to detect the rack with a white cane. To be detected by a white cane the protruding or leading edge of the rack shall be 27” or less above the sidewalk surface. Between 27” and 80” above the sidewalk surface, protruding or leading may overhang a maximum of 12”.
  • The top of the bicycle rack design must be a minimum of 36” tall. Except for the bicycle rack supporting brackets, the shortest section of the bicycle rack must be a minimum of 27” tall- enough to be perceived by pedestrians and avoid tripping hazards.
  • The space between the rack features must be larger than 9” and smaller than 3.5’ to avoid children trapping their heads.
  • The design must not include sharp edges.

How to Apply

Artist must submit the following for consideration:

  1. Resume
  2. Images of a minimum 5 completed works from your portfolio
  3. A short artist statement (no more than one page) on your approach to this project
  4. 3 references with contact information.

Please forward materials to:

Project Timeline:

  • Request for Qualifications deadline December 31st, 2012.
  • Notification to selected artists for proposals, January 31st.
  • Proposals to be received by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, March 31st, 2013
  • Notification of winning proposals to artists by April 30th, 2013.
  • Installation of bike racks by August 4th, 2013.

 For more info, see the Cultural Trust Website

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