On-Street bike parking in Portland, Oregon, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Mark Stosberg’s photostream

The issue of on-street parking is a problem in most cities. In Pittsburgh, many business districts have met their parking capacity. One solution that enables an increased total number of available parking spaces for customers is bike corrals. A single on-street bike corral can hold 10 to 12 bicycles — allowing for a much better customer-to-business ratio. Moreover, it protects what cyclists often use in place of a bike rack — our city trees.

Williams Bike Corral, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from gregraisman’s photostream

Councilman Bill Peduto and the Shadyside Action Coalition (SAC) have put out a call for the public to submit their designs for four new bike corrals:

PITTSBURGH – Today, City Councilman William Peduto launched a public design competition to design four new bike corrals to be located in the Shadyside business district. The bike corrals will be located on Walnut Street, Ellsworth Avenue,and South Highland Avenue.This competition is open to the public and everybody is encouraged to submit their design proposals. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experts from the neighborhood, City, cyclist community, and design community.

“These bike corrals will continue the process of creating complete streets throughout Shadyside,” said Councilman Peduto. “Our neighborhood business districts belong to the community and it is exciting to provide all members of the public an opportunity to propose a new design.”

WESA, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Pittsburgh City Paper have all broadcast news of the competition. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and reside in Allegheny or adjacent counties. They are looking for a design which is aesthetically appealing, allows for parking 10-12 bikes in the size of an existing metered parking space, and that’s composed of durable material that requires low maintenance.

You can find all the details in the official Request for Proposal (RFP) here. Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 PM, September 7, 2012 via email at shadyside.bike.corral@gmail.com.

Screen capture, Courtesy of of Shadyside Action Coalition Call for Bike Corral Designs RFP