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Lowell Artistic Bike Racks

$1,700 of $10k goal

Raised by 8 people in 19 months
Lisa Arnold
on behalf of Deborah Belanger
 LOWELL, MA

DIY-Lowell, in conjunction with the Lowell Bike Coalition is sponsoring an Artistic Bike Rack Competition with the goal of supporting and encouraging bicycling in Lowell.

Traveling by bicycle is a growing transportation alternative and by making Lowell a bicycle-friendly destination, we can encourage cyclists to visit our city. Providing a welcoming place for visitors to lock up their bikes, will allow them to stay, eat, and shop. They will discover what we already know: "There's a lot to like about Lowell."

This project will provide a creative solution to the need for secure bike parking that also functions as an artistic addition to the city’s historic character and charm.   The bike racks will preferentially use upcycled materials and found objects from Lowell’s historic mill buildings, and the designs will reflect and reference Lowell’s rich history.

The initial goal is to install two artistic bike racks during the spring of 2016: One at the Mogan Cultural Center, near Boarding House Park on French St. and the other at Mill No. 5 on Jackson St.

This project will be funded by grants and private donations. The total projected budget for each rack will vary depending on the number of bicycles it will accommodate and the materials used. The final number of designs to be selected will be based on available funding. Potential future sites include the public library, heavily trafficked shopping areas, and the National Park Visitor Center.

Once we have secured enough funding, the competition will be opened to artists and design professionals, as well as all community members with a creative flair and an eye for fun and functionality. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

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Update 3
Posted by Lisa Arnold
16 months ago
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Our website is now live, and has links to the Call for Designs, the application, and the design criteria. Head on over and check it out: http://www.diylowell.org/lowell_bike_racks/
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Update 2
Posted by Lisa Arnold
17 months ago
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We're LIVE!!!!! The Call For Designs went out on December 2nd and was officially kicked off at the UMass Lowell Bicycle Advocacy Group meeting. Please help us out by spreading the word to local schools, artists, and fabricators. We want to see a lot of great submissions handed in by the January 6th deadline.

The PDF of the Call for Designs, as well as submission guidelines, can be found here: http://www.diylowell.org/lowell_bike_racks/
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Update 1
Posted by Lisa Arnold
19 months ago
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Excellent news! The Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMVCVB) has agreed to be our fiscal sponsor.
That means... when you donate, the funds will be put into a reserve account specifically set up for this project.

GMVCVB was incorporated in 1992 and is officially recognized by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) as one of the State's sixteen (16) Regional Tourism Councils established by the Legislature to market the region as a premier travel destination. Our primary mission is to enhance the economic fabric of the Greater Merrimack Valley by marketing the region as a destination for leisure travel, meetings and conventions, group Tours, sporting Events and as well as special events.
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$1,700 of $10k goal

Raised by 8 people in 19 months
Created September 16, 2015
Lisa Arnold  
on behalf of Deborah Belanger
JT
$25
Judy Tymon
17 months ago
CE
$25
Chris and Aurora Hayes and Erickson
17 months ago
GC
$250
GMV CVB
18 months ago (Offline Donation)
1
1
CR
$250
Cobblestones Restaurant
18 months ago (Offline Donation)
1
1
LA
$1,000
Lisa Arnold
18 months ago (Offline Donation)

I want to show my enthusiastic commitment for this project.

$25
Anonymous
19 months ago
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19 months ago
$100
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19 months ago
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