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Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Bike Racks RFP


Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

Request for Proposals: Artistic Bike Racks 


ArtsWestchester, in partnership with the New York State Thruway Authority (Authority) and the Arts Council of Rockland, seeks proposals from professional New York State artists or artist collectives interested in creating bike racks for the Rockland County and Westchester County landings of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge shared bicycle and walking path (“the path”).

This Request for Proposals is a competitive process to identify artists for up to four (4) bike rack commissions.  Each bike rack must accommodate a minimum of five (5) bikes and be in compliance with ADA guidelines for bike racks.

Artists who live, work, or maintain a studio in New York State are invited to submit up to three (3) designs for bike racks, one per location.  All submissions will be reviewed by a panel composed of members from ArtsWestchester, the Authority, and the Arts Council of Rockland.

Commissions must be completed for installation on site by October 22, 2019.


RFP DEADLINE:          All proposals must be submitted online via the link provided by August 18, 2019, 11:59PM, E.S.T.


PROJECT BUDGET:    Winning artists will be awarded $8,000 for each bike rack.

The $8,000 commission will cover all services from final design through fabrication, including artist fee, model construction, bike rack fabrication, and insurance.

Artists will be required to produce a scaled model before advancing to final fabrication.

Transportation for the selected bike racks will be provided by the Authority along with the installation of the rack (some restrictions apply). The Artist(s) may alternatively elect to arrange for transport of the bike racks to their designated location at the Artist’s expense. Transportation by the Authority is dependent on the Artist’s location and the final dimensions of the completed bike racks.




BIKE RACK SITE PACKET:  Click below for the following site packets

SITE 1  (Rockland Landing)

SITE 2 (Rockland Outlook)

SITE 3 (Alley of Lights)

SITE 4 (Jughandle)


Design parameters:

A wide variety of materials will be considered, including: powder-coated metal, stainless-steel, aluminum, polished concrete, composite acrylics, appropriate recycled materials, and more. All proposed work must be designed to withstand an outdoor, four-season environment and must include pre-drilled flat plates which will allow the bike racks to be bolted into the concrete surfaces at the Path termini.

Bike racks should consider the region’s enduring cultural significance while celebrating a new era in the transportation across the state, further the community’s sense of spirit and pride, and be context-sensitive to the immediate environment and the public audience.

Each bike rack design should:

  • Conform to the envelopes provided.
  • Support the bicycle upright by its frame in a minimum of two places
  • Enable the bike frame and one of the wheels to be secured with a lock
  • Allow for a bicycle to be secured using both a standard U-Lock system (4” wide) and mini-U-Lock system (2” wide). Locking points should be between 1’ to 3’ off the ground and located at points on the rack where the thickness is between 1” and 4”
  • Capable of securing a minimum of five (5) standard-size adult bicycles
  • Allow for easy maneuvering of the handlebars and pedals. No part of the bicycle or bike rack should extend outside of the designated footprint given by the Authority.
  • Be designed with high-durability, smooth materials that will not easily scratch or damage bicycle finish.

All bike rack designs must adhere to Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards including:

  • No excessively sharp edges or points that could be potential hazards for bicycles, cyclists, or pedestrians;
  • To be detected by a white cane, the protruding or leading edge of the rack shall be 27” or less above the sidewalk;
  • Between 27” and 80” above the sidewalk surface with protruding or leading edges may overhand a maximum of 12”;
  • Top of each bike rack design must be a minimum of 36” tall;
  • With the exception of the bike rack supporting brackets, the shortest section for each design must be a minimum of 27” tall (enough to be perceived by pedestrians and avoid tripping hazards)
  • Space between rack features must be larger than 9” and smaller than 3.5” to avoid the potential for children trapping their heads


All proposals will be judged based on their artistic merit and on the criteria established by the Selection Committee.


For Full RFP and application :  CLICK HERE


All questions about this opportunity should be directed to ArtsWestchester.

Kathleen Reckling
Director of Public Programs, ArtsWestchester
[email protected]
914.428.4220 ext 306

Logan Hanley
Exhibitions Manager, ArtsWestchester
[email protected]
914.428.4220 ext 331


Deadline 8/18/2019
Contact Name Logan Hanley
Contact Email [email protected]