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Raleigh Wants You To Fund New Cool Bike Racks

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Bike racks have come a long way, baby. If you're thinking about those old metal U shaped ones, well, where have you been?

There are some amazing racks out there. One design blogdocuments some of the coolest.

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Hanging bike parking in the historic Spalding building in Portland, OR

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Wall bike rack designed by Luca718

NC state bike rack
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Raleigh does have some interesting racks, like this one.

Will Raleigh be able to get "cool" racks? Well, it's up to you. The city is kicking off a pilot project, trying to "crowdfund" some new ones.

The goal is to finance the project with small donations from people. It will cost $6,500. If they get the money, and you donate, you get to vote for the final design.

By the way, Raleigh planners are also crowdfunding benches for the new 28 mile long Neuse River Greenway.

Perhaps they could combine the two projects, with a bike rack/bench. Yes, they do exist.

rack that is a bench
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The project is a part of the City of Oaks Foundation.

Carol Jackson has been with WUNC since 2006. As Digital News Editor, she writes stories for, and helps reporters and hosts make digital versions of their radio stories. She is also responsible for sharing stories on social media. Previously, Carol spent eight years with WUNC's nationally syndicated show The Story with Dick Gordon, serving as Managing Editor and Interim Senior Producer.
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