Can Red Hook Become NYC’s Most Bike-Friendly Neighborhood?


Earlier this week, the Forum For Urban Design announced the Red Hook Bicycle Master Plan Design Competition, offering cash prizes for the best proposals to "re-imagine Red Hook as the most bicycle friendly neighborhood in all of New York."

Plans should center on the creation of a bike loft parking facility at the Smith/9th Street subway station, now scheduled for a 2010 remodeling. The Forum envisions a garage with space for at least 100 bikes, accessible to both neighborhood and visiting cyclists via "dedicated bike lanes and routes." Plans should also include feasible funding proposals.

Competition details may be found on the Forum For Urban Design web site, as well as in this video from Brian Lehrer Live, in which Lehrer interviews the Forum's Lisa Chamberlain and Loreal Monroe while looking at a couple of Streetfilms for inspiration.

The registration deadline is June 2; submission deadline July 31.