Vancouver gets in the mood with heart-shaped bike racks
Red, heart-shaped bike racks are popping up in urban locations, West 10th Avenue bike route. (Twitter/Chris Bruntlett)
Darcy Wintonyk, CTV Vancouver
Published Friday, February 13, 2015 9:50AM PST
Last Updated Friday, February 13, 2015 10:31AM PST
The City of Vancouver is getting romantic this Valentine’s Day with six new bike racks being installed around the city.
The red, heart-shaped racks are popping up in urban locations, including outside of the Vancouver Art Gallery and the West 10th Avenue bike route.
The city says the racks, designed by local firm Dobra Design, are permanent fixtures and won’t be removed after Feb. 14.
“Adding delight to the streetscape through street furniture such as the heart-shaped bike racks is a great way to improve the active transportation and public space experience,” a city spokesperson told CTV Vancouver.
They cost about $540 each, compared to others around the city that range from $200 to $2,000, depending on design and size, according to the city.
While many people on Twitter applauded the city for combining infrastructure with public art, others said the resources could be used elsewhere.
“Fix a pothole or Kent St. instead,” one Twitter user wrote.
The new heart-shaped racks can be found at:
- Foot of Carrall Street bikeway adjacent to False Creek seawall
- On the seawall adjacent to David Lam Park midpoint between the rock formation and concrete gazebo structure
- On the seawall at English Bay Beach at the foot of Davie St
- On the seawall at Harbour Green Park adjacent to Mill Marine water park
- 1400-block of W 10th Ave on the south side of the street
- 800-block of W Georgia St adjacent to the Vancouver Art Gallery
@CityofVancouver this is why we need to vote no... Stop wasting funds on stupid crap— Peter T (@TheBarcaShow) February 11, 2015
@CityofVancouver Super cool! Go bikers go!— Cheryl Koehn (@CherylKoehn) February 13, 2015