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Added Oct 07 2014

Over 400 residents voted this weekend at the Art Round Trip Festival to select the logo design that will adorn some of our new bike racks in high traffic areas. Four proposed designs were up for final consideration.

Rogers Park artist Robert Hansen's depiction of the sun rising over Lake Michigan (below) garnered the most votes.

New bike racks were one of the projects approved by the voters in previous 49th Ward participatory budgeting elections and I arranged with the City to set aside a portion of the money allocated to include a distinct logo design for some of the racks in high traffic locations. The four finalists were among over 40 proposed bike rack designs submitted for consideration. All the artists were required to either live in Rogers Park or have a studio located within Rogers Park.

A committee of representatives of the Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee and the Rogers Park Arts Alliance narrowed down the submissions to four finalists.

To view the four proposed designs up for consideration and the votes they received, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/155293_322.htm

If need be, the winning design will be modified slightly to ensure the functionality of the bike racks.

Congratulations to winning artist, Robert Hansen, and many thanks to the over 40 artists who submitted proposals to the competition. It's a testament to the vibrancy of Rogers Park's artistic community.

  • Super cool design and so Rogers Park! Nice job, Robert Hansen!

  • Howie and Teri 100 Years in Rogers Park

    Kudos Robert Hansen! Nice work.

  • Kimberli H. 10-year Rogers Park Resident/Fan

    Huge congrats! But, honestly, they're all absolutely gorgeous. I hope the other designs can be incorporated in another way.

  • TBO

    Love it! Congratulations, Robert Hansen!!

  • Carl Good

    The best design definitely won.

  • John J Warner

    Kimberli H - I agree with you. I think they were all great designs and it was a good selection of designs. All of the participants should be congratulated on work well done, and hopefully they all can be used in some sort of upcoming ideas. Congratulations to Robert Hansen for being the choice for the bike racks!

  • Bruce_ Comment by Live From Rogers Park, whom you've mute

    How long before they are installed?

  • Bruce_ Comment by Live From Rogers Park, whom you've mute

    Have these been installed?

  • It looks nice but it's not very usable. The design element is in the way of where a lock would normally attach. It should be much lower. All of the neighborhood specific racks have that same issue.

  • d3 NOH

    Yah I don't get how the lock would fit near the top and it's not like you can lock lower to the bike and still include bike frame. We can assume they've built a prototype and it fits most bikes I hope ?? Lakeview already had and installed a similar bike rack contest that turned problematic due to ill thought out design

  • John J Warner

    Bruce, to answer your question, no they haven't been installed.

  • Horrible. Why do they need imagery? Manufactured "Community"

    I'd rather see these - http://www.reliance-foundry.com/bike-storage/bike-bollard-stands/R-7906-Bollard

  • Bruce_ Comment by Live From Rogers Park, whom you've mute

    These made the ballot in 2010 and the final design voted on in 2014.

  • I agree with Charlie. Why are neighborhood-specific bike racks that barely function as bike racks needed? The link of the sample in his post above is MUCH better.

  • From the article: "If need be, the winning design will be modified slightly to ensure the functionality of the bike racks."

  • The normal bike rack is the best design. The new neighborhood specific type are just as good if the design element is placed lower. They enable 4 bikes per rack. The one that Charlie posted allow only 2.

  • d3 NOH

    4 bikes on the normal design? how? Are you speaking of the ones that are kind of similar in shape to thea bove w/out the detail? At the Metra people sometimes have a hard time parking 2 at these, let alone 4. There's a guy who parks his bike parallel to the rack blocking access to both sides for anyone else, but then some days his wheel goes into the next one over too making it impossible to park there so he's taking up 3 spots...every day. :/ A little user education might save this ward some $$ too!

  • RogersParkerIseeU

    Charlie, the idea of this was COMMUNITY effort and input. The link you provided displays probably the most antiseptic, and unimaginative of designs fit for 2 bikes at most.
    I applaud the idea of this contest and I love seeing what other neighborhoods have come up with.

  • RogersParkerIseeU

    Also you mentioned "manufactured community".
    Just what is your idea of community?
    Hint:
    It takes more than an online search ...

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    I believe Bruce was being provocative. He's been around Rogers Park long enough to know that if he really wants to find out the status of a project approved by the 49th Ward voters in our Participatory Budgeting project, all he needs to do is call or email my office. Or better yet, visit the Participatory Budgeting page of my website, which provides an update on all PB-related projects:

    http://www.ward49.com/participatory-budgeting/#Map

    As my site indicates, the bike racks will be manufactured and installed next year. The specifications for the design contest were written in consultation with the Active Transportation Alliance and other avid bicyclists to ensure the functionality of the bike racks. And as D. Burnham points out above, the winning design can be further modified if necessary to ensure the ability of bicyclists to easily secure their bikes to the racks.

  • RogersParkerIseeU

    ^In the very end it's a community thing, meant to be light hearted and not solve the world's problems.
    Thank you for the idea.

  • Bruce_ Comment by Live From Rogers Park, whom you've mute

    Actually Joe I do not use antiquated communication methods for trival matters.
    Rather embrace the more transparent and community friendly social networking sites to disiminate information.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Suit yourself, Bruce, but I'm afraid my staff and I don't have enough hours in the day to monitor the multitude of social media sites in Rogers Park. If you want your questions answered, you know where to find me.

  • Ugh: Why does "The Community" which in a neighborhood like this is ever changing, have to be a part of every decision?

    5 years to get bike racks?

    A standard bollard might be antiseptic to some but good urban design to others. From a functional standard they are superior. Show me 4 bikes parked on the current rack, which is the same as the one (with a bird on it) that was voted on.

    No vision

  • Bruce_ Comment by Live From Rogers Park, whom you've mute

    I can see from your site that the date was pushed back from spring 2015 to sometime in 2015.
    Also next time you can see no other way to fill a budget gap than to raise taxes, you know where to find me. See I have to now find away to cover the budget gap you created in my personal finances.

  • RogersParkerIseeU

    ^Simply. If the "community" wasn't involved, there'd be an outcry from just about everyone why they weren't involved with the decision.
    The idea you'd be even a little sour on really a nonissue community project speaks volumes.
    Let the lighthearted have a design contest and please for the sake of us all keep the soured "dogma" of bike necessities and urban design out of it.

  • Bruce_ Comment by Live From Rogers Park, whom you've mute

    I am reminded of a thought from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
    How can we be expected ty o design the wheel when the design focus group hasn't decided on the color.

  • @RogersParker2020 "^Simply. If the "community" wasn't involved, there'd be an outcry from just about everyone why they weren't involved with the decision.
    The idea you'd be even a little sour on really a nonissue community project speaks volumes.
    Let the lighthearted have a design contest and please for the sake of us all keep the soured "dogma" of bike necessities and urban design out of it."

    Really? Leave the "Dogma" of bike necessities and urban design out of it? You are correct....we should just have a breakfast or a town meeting or a parade in the park to make people feel better. COMMUNITY!

    The fact of the matter is what we are talking about here IS URBAN DESIGN! That these are bike racks is not unimportant.

    Maybe if everyone wasn't involved we could have had more, newer bike racks in a shorter period of time? Let's have a meeting and discuss what a reasonable time frame for a project like this is.

    Parks & Recreation...

    5 years for bike racks.

  • RogersParkerIseeU

    I live in an URBAN community and partook in this competition. The result of this contest is itself of URBAN design.
    I'm also a bike rider and can assure, I wasn't bent out of shape at how long it took to fabricate these things.
    I found a tree to lock my bike to and went on my happy way.

  • RogersParkerIseeU

    You never locked your bike to a tree?
    Personally I don't have the time or inclination looking let alone locking my bike to a perfectly urban designed, bauhausian inspired bike rack.
    I'm content with a tree...That is until I see one of Rogers Parks cheerful bike racks.

  • JohnV

    This thread is hilarious. Thanks, guys.

  • RogersParkerIseeU

    ^I know!
    Wait and see the posts for something LESS important☺

  • Bruce_ Comment by Live From Rogers Park, whom you've mute

    Locking bikes to trees is not great for the tree. Especially young trees like the ones by RPS.

  • RogersParkerIseeU

    I agree. Especially when I loose my lock key.
    I have to rip the whole thing out!

  • Weston Lunt

    Five years to produce non-usable bike racks based on a whopping 446 votes?

    How much did this cost?

  • JohnV

    The answer is just a few mouse clicks away, starting with the link provided above.

  • RogersParkerIseeU

    Speaking of bike related items.
    When is that monstrosity of a bike "cover" outside Javis Grill/Luzzat going to be removed.
    I've never seen a single use of it except to shelter a sleeping drunk and I was very uncomfortable...😁
    Where's the urban design outcry for something that looks like melted milk containers?

  • Rob

    Clicking with a mouse is so antiquated.

  • Norbert Dwizzle

    It is safe to predict that the "state" of Rogers Park will be declared at the breakfast meeting as being vibrant and healthy when a principle topic of debate and discussion is nothing more significant than bike rack design.

  • Wait, did I read that correctly?

    Artistic Multifunctional Bike Racks $105,000
    Fifteen (15) multipurpose bike racks placed throughout the 49th Ward to serve educational,
    artistic, and functional purposes

    489 votes
    ====================================

    15 of these @ $7000 ea.

    Hilarious

  • $105,000 could help put a couple more policemen on the streets. *SMH*

  • Bruce_ Comment by Live From Rogers Park, whom you've mute

    Won't someone think of the Crack heads!!!

  • Tiffany Burgerchef Burger Chef

    Lots of Monday morning quarterbacking going on here.

  • Bruce_ Comment by Live From Rogers Park, whom you've mute

    Since 2010 when the idea was first put on the ballot.
    Even more so since I have to work so many extra hours to cove my upcoming tax bill.

  • d3 NOH

    The down sides of PB = people got to vote on these but had no idea hoebtheoney could be better utilized. The same voter voting how to spend his money would never but a house without looking at thei overall finances and coming up with a spending plan. Yet when PB is voted for that's what we get... The alderman himself has a much better concept of the overall budget why would the less informed general public be deciding how to spend his money.

    This is yet another example of how PB budgets are also always grossly overinflated. Though I wouldn't doubt the union labor to install these is over half of that 7k. Somehow union labor has become synonymous with paying 3x what a private person doing the same project would cost.

  • Julie Lifelong Rogers Parker

    Looking online commercial bike racks are like $500 bucks. Even assuming a couple grand to install 7K sounds ridiculous. Maybe it was voted on five years ago but with the tax increase and the city and state near broke shouldn't we be looking at more cost effective ways of locking our bikes. You could build a garage for 7 grand. Seems a very large waste of funds. Who agrees to these prices?

  • Norbert Dwizzle

    d3 a range of PB options is developed each and every year through a completely open democratic process. The process and flexible meeting and voting options are widely communicated over an extended period of time. Since participation is not mandatory, only those people willing to invest their own personal time and effort end up making the final selections from an extensive menu of options. However, there is a price of admission - you have to show up, participate and vote. And as you might have guessed, I have absolutely no sympathy for chronic belly-achers who are unwilling to pay the minimal price of admission. Democracy is "Participatory" and it's a free choice.

  • Carl Good

    I wouldn't object if voters decided to devote the next ten years of participatory budget moneys to city pension relief.

  • Carl Good

    In fact, maybe we should start an initiative to do that: there are still 4 participatory budgeting sessions left. Go vote to spend this year's moneys on pension relief! Who among us wouldn't be willing to sacrifice a few street lights or bike stands for the city's economic future?

    http://www.ward49.com/participatory-budgeting/

  • d3 NOH

    B16 to understand how the process works and participate. However democratic it may be, that doesn't take away from the fact that neither you nor I can really have a full insight to the entire wards budget needs and therefore we as voters are inefficient. It's a great ego boost for everyone involved but the projects cost more by doing them this way too.

  • Norbert Dwizzle

    For starters revue what "menu money" can and can not be used for according to city rules. Salaries, benefit payments and pension funds are not "capital expenses". Your idea is a non-starter Carl.

  • d3 NOH

    Yah...Menu money can only be used for $140,000 water fountains

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    Why would projects cost more just because the people who participate in the PB process vote for a project rather than having the alderman pick and choose what gets done.

  • d3 NOH

    Because they way over estimate in order to ensure it is funded. But there is no competitive bidding process is there on a 140k water fountain is there? + that contractor that did bid knew exactly the $$ voted on and approved.

    Also, just the project planning can become less efficient when thought about only on an annual basis vs formulating some 5 year plan. Street repaving is cheaper when done in adjacent areas -- however PB always finds totally random blocks in order to garner votes. Essentially the voters themselves are selfish too. Would you allocate money to fund street repaving if only the blocks around say Loyola were on the ballot? It's less sexy ballot for them to sell--and they NEED those items to be fined with this money ...

  • d3 NOH

    Maybe that issue is more related to city budgeting and procurement in general beyond PB projects too though.

  • Tiffany Burgerchef Burger Chef

    I don't think anyone would argue that some of the prices seem a bit inflated. That said, people formed committees and voted on projects to be paid for within set guidelines and prices at the time. Then it was brought to a community wide vote and people chose what funding they wanted to go where.

    If the rules in city budgeting were changed to allow discretionary funds (or a portion of them) to be allocated toward paying the pension liability, I'd vote for that too. But right now, as was the case in 2010, that's not legally possible.

  • Norbert Dwizzle

    City departments or agencies (Park District, schools, Streets&San, Division of Forestry, etc.) develop all the cost estimates for each project according to standardized rates for materials and labor. Volunteer participants only develop the project ideas, relative rankings and final vote. Last year an attractive project, kayak racks at Loyola Park, was voted down because the Park District cost estimate simply came in too high for the voters' approval.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    Sorry, d3, but all folks aren't as selfish as you seem to think. I don't have a dog and haven't had one since I was a kid, yet I voted for the dog park the year that was proposed. This past Spring, I voted for a mini astroturf soccer field for kids in a park down near the south end of the ward. I don't have kids and have never been in that park. I don't think my votes for things my RP neighbors want that are of no benefit to me are all that unusual.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Carl, you're a smart guy, so perhaps you were just engaging in some rhetorical hyperbole, but the City cannot using capital funds to pay for operating expenses, which include satisfying its pension obligations.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    So some of you don't like the choices made by your neighbors in an open, democratic and transparent process? Sorry about that. I have a solution to your consternation, however. Get involved!

    The next round of participatory budgeting has just begun and you have four more opportunities to attend one of our neighborhood assemblies where the ideas for projects for the 2016 capital budget first get discussed and debated. You can even volunteer as a "community representative" and work with your neighbors at researching and developing proposed projects. You might even learn a little something along the way, such as why projects cost what they cost. The neighborhood assembly schedule can be found on my website:

    http://www.ward49.com/participatory-budgeting/

    It's just my opinion, but I think it's actually more fun and fulfilling to actually participate than to sit at a computer or Smart Phone and bellyache on a social media site.

  • Bruce_ Comment by Live From Rogers Park, whom you've mute

    City had no problem diverting pension payments to other "manufactured obligations".

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Bruce, I'm afraid you are confusing the City with the State. Unlike the State of Illinois, the City never diverted pension payments to other "obligations." In fact, the City always paid its statutorily mandated obligation to the pension funds. The problem was that the state law mandate bore no relation to actuarial requirements.

  • Bruce_ Comment by Live From Rogers Park, whom you've mute

    Thank you Joe for the clarification. As you have gathered I am pretty pissed off about the tax hike. Once I cool off I will reach out to propose some ideas for tax and pension relief.

  • Weston Lunt

    The alderman seems confused. The problem is Chicago's aldermen messed things up completely and were not capable of coming up with a solution other than sticking it to the people.

    Over paying for non-functioning bicycle racks is just another example of mismanagement.

  • Carl Good

    Exactly, Joe; voting to have PB funds devoted to pension relief would be a rhetorical act. And it would be very interesting if enough people did this; it would send a message to the entire city and raise awareness of the depth of the pension crisis. Most Chicago residents still seem to be in denial.

    Even with the property tax increase, Moody's warned yesterday that the city still faces a scenario in which the pension debt will continue to grow over the next 10 years:
    http://www.cnbc.com/2015/11/10/despite-tax-hike-chicago-still-faces-huge-pension-fund-gap.html

  • Norbert Dwizzle

    West on Lunt? Hmmm. Maybe Peggy in Evanston knows West on Lunt. Sticking it to the people? Did you ever think that some group other than tax payers was going to end up paying into the pension funds? This isn't like the Tooth Fairy story. Tax payers are the ones who cough up money for salaries, benefits and pension obligations for people like firemen, teachers and the police. Nobody complained about all the services that were being provided with money that wasn't going into the pension funds did they?

  • Bruce_ Comment by Live From Rogers Park, whom you've mute

    Has anyone seen the bike racks?

  • Pedro Garciano Hillary lost. We dodged a bullet.

    Nope.

  • Bruce_ Comment by Live From Rogers Park, whom you've mute

    Are they installed? The bike racks were voted on and won in 2010. In 2014 a design was voted on and choosen. Bike Racks (Artistic). PENDING. The PB Leadership Committee decided that the designated funds will be used to manufacture “custom racks” that include an original Rogers Park inspired design within a standard staple rack. In addition, traditional staple racks of a matching color will be purchased and installed. A beachscape-inspired design by a local artist was selected in a community-wide vote. The racks have been scheduled to be manufactured and installed in 2016.

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