Local residents and visitors to the Byron Shire can now look forward to locking their bikes on to locally designed bike racks inspired by the region’s beautiful environment and fun lifestyle.
Installed this week at 4 different locations around town, the Byron Bike Rack Project is a community initiative by Stone & Wood Brewery and Byron Shire Council. The Byron Bike Rack Project aims to encourage the residents and visitors of Byron to ride rather than drive.
To celebrate the epic journey of the Byron Bike Rack Project and the installation of the sculptural bike racks designed by Bangalow landscapers; Larc Collective – Stone & Wood have organised a community bike ride. Join us:
BYRON BIKE RACK PROJECT, COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE, Saturday 7 July
Meet at 10am at Apex Park
Ride the sculptural bike rack loop
Finish at the Stone & Wood Brewery for a refreshing cold beer
Bring your helmet, water and donation to our Karma Keg at the brewery
All proceeds going to the Ingrained Foundation
*Stone & Wood do not condone drink riding or driving. Come for one or get yourself a designated driver for the trip home
Luke Jones and David Thompson from Larc Collective Landscapes Architects won the Byron Bike Rack Project funding them $20,000 to bring their design ‘Happy Hoops’ to life, creating sculptural bike racks for the town of Byron.
Happy Hoops are constructed using the highest quality stainless-steel, tube construction, powder coated in bright retro colours. Several bike racks are located at Apex Park, Johnson Street outside the Balcony Oyster Bar & The Great Northern, and at the new railway park.
Luke and David explain of their design, “The suite of Happy Hoops consists of Peace Loop, Wave Window, Sun Follower and Rainbow Ring all eluding to the life we live in Byron Bay. The culture of Byron and Northern Rivers is deeply rooted around the beautiful environment we live amongst and each of the four elements reflect this. The functionality of each design has been key in its evolution – pared back and simple, much like life in Byron Bay.”
Byron Bike Rack Project was a public competition that ran for over 2 months at the back end of last year calling for local residents to enter their designs to create sculptural bike racks for the town of Byron. The aim was to encourage the public to ride rather than drive by creating a set of sculptural, functional, public art bike racks.
“Happy Hoops delivered a fantastic entry that ranked highly in all areas of the judging criteria.” says Sarah Blomkamp from Stone & Wood Brewery, “The judge’s loved the simplicity and sophisticated local iconography. It looked practical, functional, affordable, and replicable. The result is a super fun, simplistic design – both a compliment to the visions of our contemporary, coastal village and an ode to the past with the use of bold, retro colours to add to the aesthetics of our town”.
The local independent brewery and council, are stoked to support an environmentally progressive and creative initiative for the community. It has been a mammoth journey dating back to 2016 when Stone & Wood first proposed the concept to the Byron Shire council. The journey started by running a public competition leading to 23 solid local resident submissions, choosing 6 skilled finalists and finally choosing the winner. The Byron Shire Public Art Panel was thrilled to be able to work alongside such talented, local individuals and be able to choose a set of functional, sculptural bike racks for the Byron public to use.
“This whole project has been an amazing journey for Stone & Wood. We are stoked at the result and number of touch points that go beyond creating bike racks for the town of Byron.” says Sarah Blomkamp, “Special thanks to all those involved including the Byron Shire Public Art Panel judges, the local hand-selected judges, Byron Shire Council, Miller Metal Imaging for the plaques, the winners Larc Collective and their local manufacturers, and all those that entered – and now all those that will opt to ride rather than drive by using the bike racks.”
For more information check out www.stoneandwood.com.au/byron-bike-rack-project.