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Designing High Density Urban Bike Parking 2016

Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

09/24/15 11:00 EDT - 01/29/16 08:00 EST
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

01/29/16 08:00 EST - 02/22/16 12:00 EST
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

02/22/16 12:00 EST - 03/07/16 05:00 EST
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

03/07/16 06:00 EST - 03/29/16 12:00 EDT
Voting Period
Public Voting Period

03/29/16 12:00 EDT - 04/22/16 11:00 EDT
Winners are awarded

04/23/16 12:00 EDT
Is there a design solution that provides high-density, accessible, cost-effective bicycle parking in the urban context?

We need to improve the quality and quantity of bike parking spaces in Kendall Square. We are not alone -- inadequate bike parking is a challenge faced by almost every city in the US and around the world. The Kendall Square EcoDistrict, located in Kendall Square, Cambridge, is working to make Kendall as bike friendly as possible. A bike friendly Kendall Square requires ample safe and secure bike parking in accessible locations throughout Kendall Square. As more and more residents, visitors, and commuters have chosen bicycles as their preferred mode of transportation, the availability of high-quality bike parking at certain locations has been inadequate. This competition aims to solve the problem by revealing design solutions that provide high-density, accessible, cost-effective bicycle parking in and around Kendall Square for all types of users.



The Kendall Square EcoDistrict Steering Committee is looking for ideas to expand bike parking in Kendall Square by parking more bikes in less space, and making sure everyone can park whatever bike they are riding. The EcoDistrict seeks innovative designs that are flexible, decentralized, and customizable for use in a range of locations. While this competition is focused on the Kendall Square EcoDistrict, designs can be applied to other cities. We envision the winners of this design competition proposing designs that the EcoDistrict can review and potentially prototype in Kendall Square...and then bring to the world.


16 Proposals

Proposal nameAuthor(s)


Pedalpush is the bike parking solution. Pedal, park, repeat!

Pony Up.DDL

Cycle, don't drive. Plant trees, don't not plant trees. Can your pedal-commute take cars off the road and put trees in the ground?

Bike Ringssongwon

Customizable bike racks or malleable urban scuptures subtley intervening in Kendall square, not disturbing the existing vibe of the area.

Happy Biking! Happy Parking! Happy You!avpnkd

Easy To Use, Flexible, Reusable Bike Parking System

Proposal for Designing High Density Urban Bike Parking by rebeccahREBECCAKERUBNYAMACHE

In Kenya there are many Bikes which have no parking and the Government has never set site for parking. I will like to have a well workplan.

Bicycle Stations - 24x7 Urban Destinations for CyclistsBurn Muscle Not Fuel

A #storm hit & #miles to go no #jacket!! @BicycleSocialClub has a #rain cape, hot #espresso, park-n-shop, #bike is #safe 24x7 access!!

Eco-Friendly Urban Bike ParkJoseph5Chepsoi

Space saving, affordable urban park for a biologically, mechanically and extraordinarily energy efficient bike transport is ......


Getting your bike in and out of the rack shouldn't be like untangling your headphones. We can keep our bikes seperate without spreading out.

High Density Bicycle Storage SolutionMADRAX

Designed for providing bike security in compact areas. Using American sourced parts that are easily reproducible and low cost.

Make bike storage a visually desirable work of artgiannigiacomelli69

Is lack of space the issue? Lacking visual appeal, bike storage begs for being hidden. Make it beautiful, so people want more of it.

Plaza Bike RackSportworks

The most functional bike rack on the market. The Plaza was designed with the cyclist in mind to provide high density with ease of access.

High density bar rackteppered

Not all bicycles need premium parking. Time is money: Better my $100 bicycle get a bit beat up than spend 5 min a day looking for parking.