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Greensgrow Bike Rack

Bike Rack Proposal

By: James Sullivan, Mark Scafini, & William Schaecher


Project Brief

Greensgrow Bike Rack

Bike Rack Parameters -Maximize number of bikes -No safety Hazards -Aesthetics compliment farm/nursery -Reused/salvaged material -Should be cleanable/ graffiti proof -Should cost less than $1500


Form Research

Artistic

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Simple

Efficient


Form Research - Philadelphia

Italian Market

Temple University

Greensgrow Bike Rack

UARTS

UARTS

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South Street


Connections & Materials

Greensgrow Bike Rack

-Bolts -Welds

-Steel and iron are most commonly used -Aluminum is much less commonly used

-Fittings -Concrete

-Wood is rarely used


Surveying Greensgrow

Greensgrow Bike Rack

“Bike rack can’t stay in the street permanently.” “Past designs were too complicated to fabricate.” “Gates should create a unique entrance for driveway.” “Custom parts make projects impossible to maintain.” - Dave Prendergrast


Surveying Greensgrow

Greensgrow Bike Rack Aerial View

Entrance to Greensgrow

Space provided for bike racks

Space provided for bike racks


Surveying Greensgrow

Greensgrow Bike Rack

Street Incline (Feet)

4

3

2

1

(inches)

5

The incline brings the road even with the curb at 5’ Swinging mechanism must be positioned a few inches above curb to avoid contact with the street


Brainstorming & Sketching

Greensgrow Bike Rack


Modeling: First Iterations

Greensgrow Bike Rack


Problems Found -Bikes collided -If positioned incorrectly bikes went too far into street -Non-intuitive configuration

Greensgrow Bike Rack -Bikes collided -Takes up large amount of space when not in use -Angle of corner causes bikes to collide


Modeling: Second Iteration

Greensgrow Bike Rack

Pros:

Cons:

-Form held most bikes -Allowed for bikes to stay well within alotted space

-Hinge proved problematic due to complexity


Client Feedback ”Having the rack swing from two posts might be a good idea.”

Greensgrow Bike Rack

“Locking to posts should allow zero room for error.”

- Ryan & Dave


Revisions

Greensgrow Bike Rack

Pros:

Cons:

-Open design aids bike placement

-Bent T-shape may be difficult to fabricate

-Lack of top rail moves away from fence aesthetic


Full scale testing Testing proved that the T shape wasn’t able to safely hold a bike

Greensgrow Bike Rack

Conclusion:

A closed loop is ideal


Models A closed form would aid in securing a cyclist’s bike lock

Greensgrow Bike Rack

Goal:

Find a strong material suitable for creating a bent loop


Material Exploration

Greensgrow Bike Rack

Cut tests were conducted on different types of metal stock Steel rods proved to be the strongest

Threaded Rod

Aluminum Conduit

Steel pipe

Steel Rod (solid)


Material Exploration

Braided steel can be easily bent and assembled, and provides a sufficient amount of security for short-term bike parking

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Design Revisited

Greensgrow Bike Rack


Working With Vendors With our simple design, we contacted a local waste management company, Revolution Recovery, in an attempt to gather material.

Greensgrow Bike Rack


Working With Vendors Straight metal tubing was not easily accessible Metal banquet chairs were cut apart and incorporated into our pre-existing designs involving braided cable.

Greensgrow Bike Rack


Model on Site

Greensgrow Bike Rack


Client Feedback

Greensgrow Bike Rack

”All exposed edges should be crimped and sanded.”

“This design would require heavy welding.”


Final Model

Greensgrow Bike Rack

This model utilizes readily available hardware and standard part sizes Vertical poles provide comfortable locking point


Rendered Proposal

Greensgrow Bike Rack


Rendered Proposal

Greensgrow Bike Rack


Bike Rack Group 2