Bike Box: recycled shipping containers for bicycles may be coming to your neighborhood

Competition opens next week

CLEVELAND - Bike boxes -- They are big, colorful, recycled, metal shipping containers made to secure parked bicycles -- and one could be coming to a street corner near you.

Four bike boxes can currently be found in Cleveland's near west side neighborhoods of Tremont, Ohio City and Detroit Shoreway. Two other boxes will soon be installed on the east side in the St. Clair-Superior area.

Next week, one more bike box will be made available to residents, businesses, cities and schools throughout northeast Ohio via an open application process.

According to LAND Studio, the planning organization behind the bike boxes and many other neighborhood art and development projects, applications will be accepted starting Aug. 6.

LAND Studio Managing Director, Greg Peckham, told NewsChannel5 business districts, neighborhood development groups, and local colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.

According to Peckham, the winning site will be selected based on "how it fits into their plans for their city or their neighborhood about promoting cycling and healthy lifestyles."

The bike boxes are recycled, retired shipping containers which have been cut, welded, painted and transformed by local metalworking artists at Rustbelt Welding.

Each box takes up approximately one legal automobile parking space.  The designers say the concept is meant to get drivers to think about health, the environment and alternative transportation.

Said Peckham, "They're really about trying to make a visible statement for encouraging people to ride and cycle in our city neighborhoods."

The bike box program is a collaboration between LAND Studio, Bike Cleveland and Charter One Foundation.

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