A Look at the District’s Artistic Bike Racks

In honor of Bike to Work Day 2013, which is this Friday, May 17th, here are some of my favourite artistic bike rack from around Washington, D.C.

From left to right: “Equality Bike Rack” outside of the Human Rights Campaign HQ; part of “Bike Here” outside of Dupont Metro station’s south entrance; one of the 28 racks designed by local artists in 2009. 
“Duck, Duck, Bike!” at 1776 G Street was inspired by the mama duck and her ducklings that nest in the National Geographic courtyard each spring. 
“”(Re) Cycle” at 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue NW provides parking for up to 10 bikes and is made out of used parking meter heads. It was designed by local firm Design Army. 
From left to right: “Clip Art” bike rack at 2000 L St. NW; “Exploration” at 1600 M St. NW (designed by 2 National Geographic employees); one of the DC Creates Public Art Artistic Bike Rack from 2009, in Chinatown. 

Artistic bike racks represent only a portion of the thousands of bike racks that can be found in the District, but they add a welcome splash of colour to the city and I think they’re really fun! What do you think? Should the District encourage the installation of more of these creative and original bike racks or should it stick to the plain ones?

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