Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
Treasure Island Bike Rack ContestNext time you go to City Hall or Market Street downtown you can lock your bikes up to a few unique bike racks. Last year the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition organized a bike rack design contest as part of our work in bicycle and pedestrian planning for Treasure Island. The winning designs use the same square-tubed steel material you see on standard U-racks and if mass-produced, could cost about the same as the standard U-rack, yet offer a context to Treasure Island to a person locking up or walking by. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is proud to showcase these racks and continue to work toward planning a redeveloped Treasure Island that prioritizes biking and walking, while also helping to meet the growing demand for places to lock your bike in front of City Hall and especially on Market Street!
Congratulations to the winners of this contest - Kirk Scott, Todd Gilens, Daly Genik Architects, and Ryan Dempsey for their great designs and unique reference to Treasure Island. This project was developed by Laurie Halsey Brown/senseofplaceLAB.org.
Todd Gilens - located in front of Show Dogs Restaurant at 1020 Market Street at 6th Street
As Todd describes the design: "This design is a graceful and slightly humorous variation on the standard U. Its source is the diagonal street plan for Treasure Island, an unusual urban layout that will produce signature building facades and interior rooms, street alignments and vistas. As this geometric condition will constantly infuse the experience of the island in both subtle and obvious ways, I took it as a starting point for the rack design." See more of Todd's work here.
Kirk Scott - Map Rack - located in front of City Hall on Polk Street
There were a handful of submissions that utilized the outline of Treasure Island as the form of the bike rack, but this one stood out in its presentation and site-specific twist. In the middle of each rack, two wires of rods would be placed so the intersection point marks where the bike rack is. As Kirk writes "The 'X marks the spot' of each rack provides a treasure map back to your bike."
Ryan Dempsey - Wave Rack - located in front of City Hall on Polk Street
This wave design makes a graceful reference to Treasure Island's surroundings. This rack design could fit well along mainland San Francisco's waterfront as well.
Daly Genik Architects - Not Fabricated
As the team of designers from Daly Genik Architects describe: "The proposal engages Treasure Island by recognizing the extended habitat the island provides to the city. The bike rack is a water jet cut from plate steel, and folded in a manner reminiscent of bird wings in flight. Slight variations in the computer files used to curt the profile and lock perforations provide the opportunity for an endless variation of racks. All are similar but none need to be identical."
Click here to see more photos of these bike racks on our Flickr photoset.
We received over 70 outstanding submissions, and the judging process was difficult. We would like to recognize 5 honorable mentions for their interesting designs, as well as thanks the 6 panel judges:
Honorable Mentions: Gabriel Phillips, Eugene Wong, Mark Flaming, and Geoff Palmer.
Panel Judges: David Baker - David Baker Architects; Courtney Fink - Southern Exposure Gallery; Ben Davis - Words Pictures Ideas; Heath Maddox - SFMTA; Dave Snyder - SPUR; Teri Gardiner - San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Special thanks also go out to Geoff Palmer for fabricating these bike racks from his Oakland workshop, and to Heath Maddox and Ryan Dodge from the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) for helping get these unique racks approved for municipal use.
Community-Based Planning for a Walkable and Bikeable Treasure Island
The SFBC has concluded community outreach for guiding the bicycling and pedestrian plan for Treasure Island and we are proud to our final Community Based Transportation Plan. Please click here to download a copy (6.8MB)
Recommendations for Bicycling and Walking on Treasure Island
Through an extensive community process involving Community Workshops, stakeholder interviews, bike tours, and more, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Department of Public Health are pleased to present our final recommendations for the bicycling and walking environments on Treasure Island. Our recommendations are shaped around the following themes:
-Shared Public Way Street Design
-A "branded" island that promotes biking and walking
-Safe walk- and bikeways between Treasure Island, Yerba Buena Island, and the new East Span of the Bay Bridge
-Encourage a Bike/Pedestrian/Maintenance pathway on the West Span of the Bay Bridge
-Physical amenities for the pedestrian environment
-Comprehensive bike parking program
-Safe and Continuous bike network
-A Bike Sharing system
-Adequate bike capacity on transit
-Promoting strategies to reduce automobile use
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) and the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) have been awarded a $98,000 grant from CalTrans Division of Transportation Planning. The grant will fund community-based transportation planning to create a safe walkable, bikeable and accessible Treasure Island. Treasure Island is a former Naval base situated midway between San Francisco mainland and west Oakland.Click here for a history of Treasure Island from the SFDPH http://www.sfphes.org/transportation/TI_history.htm
Creating safe functional places for people to walk and bicycle could have a profound impact on health. Promoting physical activity in community design, such as creating bicycle and pedestrian access and supporting community programs are all important strategies to enhance physical activity and at the same time reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. Funding from this grant will be used to conduct training workshops, community meetings, focus groups, surveys and events geared toward educating and empowering stakeholders to be involved in planning for pedestrian and bicycle access, ultimately resulting in a community action plan aimed at ensuring equitable transportation for residents, commuters and visitors on and to Treasure Island with an emphasis on building healthy, active neighborhoods.
Neal Patel, SFBC Community Planner, firstname.lastname@example.org, 415/431-BIKE x 312
Cynthia Comerford Scully, SFDPH, email@example.com