Bike rack ideas needed at bike friendly town
The Kawakawa Business and Community Association is calling all students, artists, designers, and creatives to dream up the most innovative bike rack design for Kawakawa.
Kings Theatre Creative spokeswoman Lau’rell Pratt says it’s hoped the bike rack design competition will help the region become more bike friendly.
‘‘Our businesses and community want to be more cycle friendly and we know there are some sons, uncles, aunties, creative cousins, crazy mad farmers and engineers out there who would just love to get creative with their welding torch, or upcycle something into a beautiful, functional form,’’ she says.
’’With the opening of the Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle trail last summer we are seeing an increase of visitors on bikes to Kawakawa from Opua and Horeke which is great for the town and awesome to see the trail open and active. There is now a critical need for bike racks to provide
‘‘There is now a critical need for bike racks to provide ease, access and safety to our visiting cyclists.’’ Lau'rell Pratt
ease, access and most importantly safety to our visiting cyclists.’’
Pratt says she expects the popularity of the trail to continue to grow. Plans for the proposed Kawakawa Hundertwasser Park Centre - Te Hononga will provide for a larger bike facility that will connect the cycle trail to the centre of town. Visitors love Kawakawa for its creative Hundertwasser toilets and murals, Pratt says.
‘‘Our public works in town have been created alongside our community including artists, whanau, schools, businesses...we want to continue that creative trend, by inviting design ideas for functional racks that secure bikes along with peace of mind, and communicate the heart of our town.’’
Racks must be suitable for a minimum of two bikes, and they must be functional, secure, resilient and made in the North. Up to six designs will be chosen and winners will share a total budget of $6000 to help make them. It’s hoped they will be installed this summer.
Entries close December 3. Get entry forms from Kawakawa Hammer Hardware, Kings Theatre Creative or by emailing email@example.com or Kawakawa Facebook page.
Cyclists Mary and Linsday Smith, from Hamilton, support the plan for bike racks in Kawakawa.
Locals RaeRae Hemara and Jennifer Pickering reckon bike racks would be useful.