Functional, gray metal bike racks will be replaced with brightly colored, artsy racks in two locations around Worthington.

Functional, gray metal bike racks will be replaced with brightly colored, artsy racks in two locations around Worthington.

Each of the 4-foot-high racks will be in the shape of four wheels with handlebars on top, appearing to be leaning bicycles from the front view.

One will be placed just south of the main entrance to the McConnell Arts Center (MAC), the other along East New England Avenue, just north of House Wine.

The MAC rack will be red. The other may be green, but the Architectural Review Board left the color choice to the owner at a meeting earlier this month.

ARB member Jo Rodgers said green would be fine for the House Wine rack, as long as it is not bright lime green.

Mikel Coulter said he liked the idea of the donor choosing the color, as long as it is not distracting.

The racks will cost approximately $2,000, according to Fred Yaeger, who applied for the ARB approval, which was granted.

Worthington A.M. Rotary donated funds for the rack at the MAC, and the Olde Worthington Business Association paid for the one at House Wine.

The racks currently at House Wine can be reused, Yaeger said.

At the request of Yaeger and Sustainable Worthington, new bike racks are being installed around town by the city. Except for the artsy racks, each is shaped like an inverted "U."