Ithaca Art Bike Racks

This tour takes you to all the artist-designed bike racks installed in Downtown Ithaca.

Ithaca Art Bike Racks

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Ithaca Heritage

Tour Information

Ithaca’s Art Bike Racks

In 2017 the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) and the City of Ithaca, together with the Tompkins County Tourism Program and Bike Walk Tompkins, launched a Community Bike Rack Design Competition with the idea of encouraging cycling as a desirable mode of transportation as well as enhancing downtown Ithaca with creative functional art designed by and for the local community.

Eighty different designs from local and regional artists of all ages were submitted. The selection panel, using criteria of functionality, creativity, and representation of Ithaca’s unique culture, history, and characteristics of place, chose twelve wining designs.

These were then sent to local blacksmith and metal artist Durand Van Doren for crafting into bike racks. Using the colors recommended by the design artists, the finished products were then galvanized and fusion-coat painted for durability and additional beauty.

Local bike advocates helped the City Engineering Division identify visible downtown locations near to the Ithaca Commons where additional bike parking was needed.

Bike racks were fabricated at Durand’s Forge, part of Artist Resource Quarters in Mecklenburg NY. Photos were taken by Edna Brown of Edna Brown Photography.


Intended to be a walking tour. Riding on bicycles not permitted on the Ithaca Commons.

Total distance travelled: 0.8 miles

Elevation: Mostly flat


Led by Tom Knipe, Deputy Director for Economic Development for the City of Ithaca, this project is a partnership of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, Tompkins County Tourism Program, the City of Ithaca, and Bike Walk Tompkins, with financial support provided by an anonymous donor.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Cycling is very important to artist Danielle Bates and having a secure space to leave one’s bike around town even more so. She fully supports Ithaca's cycling movement and looks forward to the new bike share program launching this spring!... Read more
Micah Schwartz is a 16 year old who was born and raised in Ithaca, New York, where he learned to love and appreciate travel and recreation by biking. He rides his bike most days around town for getting places and for fun. He also really lik... Read more
Taylor Brady is an Ithaca College graduate, class of ’17. Brady majored in Architectural Studies, which sparked an interest in design. The artist’s design was inspired by Ithaca’s landscapes and environment. Ithaca is unique for its g... Read more
Stephanie Johnson has a passion for the outdoors and art. Johnson grew up in Alexandria Bay, NY, in the Thousand Islands. She recently moved to the Owego area with her husband, as that is where he grew up and his family’s business is. She... Read more
Linka Preus is a resident of downtown Ithaca. Her design has been inspired by Greek mythology. In Greek mythology, Iris is the personification of the rainbow and a messenger of the gods. Phaethon is the son of Helios, the sun god. After his... Read more
Stephanie Johnson grew up in Alexandria Bay, NY in the Thousand Islands. She recently moved to the Owego area with her husband, as that is where he grew up and his family’s business is. She has a passion for the outdoors and art. This com... Read more
This bike rack is in memory of Aung Htoo, beloved father, brother, husband, friend. Aung Htoo was born in the spring of 1979 in Karen State in Burma, where he worked as a rice farmer. Aung Htoo and his wife escaped persecution, fleeing thro... Read more
Ivy Stevens-Gupta is a contemporary artist, marketing consultant, and lecturer who specializes in large abstract paintings. The thought of creating functional art for downtown Ithaca cyclists was a motivating factor in her design. The inter... Read more
Chris Willett is an active biker in and around the Finger Lakes region, enjoying the way this connects him to nature. Riding a bike through the streets to get to work, the Farmers' Market, or to see friends, is a quick and eco-friendly way ... Read more
Jonathan Billing was born in Ithaca and graduated from Ithaca High School and SUNY Cortland. Billing has always enjoyed biking for exercise and as a mode of transportation. On a month-long trip Billing biked the West Coast from Seattle to S... Read more
Nellia Mattson is a nine-year-old Ithaca native with a passion for music, performance, and art. Mattson was inspired to design her bike rack because when biking, you feel so free, almost as if each pedaling motion is like the stroke of a pa... Read more
Daniel Sperling, a student at Cornell Law School, graduated May 2018. He has thoroughly enjoyed his time in Ithaca. One of Sperling's fondest memories has been visiting the amazing vineyards that are so close to Ithaca. There’s no better ... Read more


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