Bike racks highlight Bank Street rejuvenation

As part of the Bank Street rehabilitation project, the city hascommissioned a series of new artist-designed bike racks on the streetsbetween Laurier Avenue and Somerset Street.

As part of the Bank Street rehabilitation project, the city has commissioned a series of new artist-designed bike racks on the streets between Laurier Avenue and Somerset Street.

The 30 stainless steel bike racks — designed by emerging and established Ottawa artists to showcase the unique identity and character of the neighbourhood — encourages cycling and movement up and down the street.

The first piece heading south on Bank Street is Howie Tsui’s log-driver based on the National Film Board animated short.

“It’s a reference to the history of Ottawa as a logging town before it became a government town,” he said.

“It makes connections to the Ottawa River and the canal as well.”

Each design will be produced three times for a total of 90 racks, which will be installed from Laurier Avenue to the Queensway by late fall.

 
 
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