Red Hook Is for Bicycle Lovers

Red Hook Is for Bicycle Lovers

The winner and finalists of the Red Hook Bicycle Master Plan Competition—the Forum for Urban Design's competition to re-imagine Red Hook, Brooklyn, as "the most bicycle friendly neighborhood in all of New York"—have been announced.

The winning design was submitted by Jonathan Rule, a recent graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, who works with the office of Morcillo + Pallares Arquitectos in Murcia, Spain. 
All of the finalists added more mileage to Red Hook's current paltry 2 miles of bike lanes (out of 15 miles of paved road). But what sets Rule's winning entry apart (in addition to the better-than-average renderings) is his inclusion of  a "bike loft" inside the local elevated subway station. This dedicated area for bikers recognizes that bike commuters, unlike park-and-riders, have unique needs: included are showers and lockers, a bike-repair shop, and indoor areas to lock up their bikes, away from rain, snow, and potential thieves. But more importantly, Rule's design acknowledges that bicyclists have a unique culture, too. Ideally, the bike loft would become a place where bicyclists can see and feel their critical mass, and encurage others to see them as something more than an afterthought to urban planning.

Here's a peek at some of the other finalists' submissions:

The rest of the finalists and honorable mentions can be found here.


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