MAC to unveil bright, bike-shaped bike racks
Jon Cook, executive director of the McConnell Arts Center, displays the center’s new bike rack. The artistic-looking bike rack comes from a company in Portland, Ore. Similar bike racks will be at New England Avenue and High Street. The bike racks will be unveiled officially at the First Friday event.
Some big wheels will be the center of attention in Worthington on Friday night.
The oversized metal wheels are part of the two artistic bike racks that will be unveiled to the public beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, May 4.
The bright-red rack at the McConnell Arts Center will be dedicated first.
At 7 p.m., an identically designed purple rack will be unveiled next to House Wine, just south of Graeter's, on the northeast corner of High Street and New England Avenue.
Anyone who rides to the event will be given a bike pin. Everyone is invited to ride from "rack to rack."
The whimsical racks resemble four side-by-side wheels, supported across the top by handlebars.
Bikes may be attached to the wheels.
The bright colors are part of the fun, MAC Director Jon Cook said.
"I think they're really cool," he said.
The racks were the brainchild of Sustainable Worthington co-founder Fred Yaeger.
"I travel around Ohio quite a bit, and I've seen these artistic bike racks and thought they would make a great addition to downtown Worthington," he said.
Ideally, the racks will draw attention to biking and encourage more people to ride bikes instead of getting in their cars to go Downtown, he said.
The city installed inverted-U-style bike racks throughout the city last year. The artistic racks were not purchased by the city.
The Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club and the Worthington A.M. Rotary Club purchased the rack at the MAC.
The Downtown rack was funded via the the Olde Worthington Business Association.
More of the colorful racks could turn up at such places as the Shops at Worthington Place and the new Dewey's Pizza, which is planned for downtown Worthington.
The OWBA's first First Friday of the season will be held in conjunction with the bike-rack dedication. Downtown stores will be open late, with special attractions set up on the sidewalks.