Sculptural student-designed bike stands

installed along Queen West

Fourteen new bike stands are the result of a unique partnership
between Queen St. West BIA and OCAD University students


(Toronto — November 18, 2010) This morning, Toronto’s Queen St. West Business Improvement Area (BIA) unveiled 14 creative new bicycle stands installed this past month along Queen Street West, from Simcoe Street to Bathurst Street. The new stands are the result of a unique collaboration between fourth-year design students at OCAD University (OCADU) and the BIA.

The designs originated in the Gateway Bike Stand Challenge held at OCADU in 2009, where students were challenged to design bicycle stands for the redevelopment of a property at the northwest corner of Queen and McCaul streets in Toronto, a project still in its early stages. The challenge invited students to consider how bicycle stands could be both conceptual urban sculpture and functional urban infrastructure. Two projects from the top five were selected by the BIA to develop into reality.

“As a jury member in the original competition, I was so impressed with the designs, I felt it was imperative we find a way to incorporate some of them into the Queen St. West streetscape,” explained Marc Glassman, Chair of the Queen St. West BIA. “I am proud that we were able to collaborate with the City of Toronto, an innovative fabrication company and these talented students to execute their design concepts.”

The designs selected for fabrication were Speech Bubbles by fourth-year Industrial Design students Evi K. Hui and Olivier Mayrand, which are a series of three different designs featuring a question mark, quotation marks and an exclamation point; and Halo by fourth-year Environmental Design student Michael Pham, an elegant circular design embedded into the sidewalk. Representatives from the City of Toronto and Queen St. West BIA worked with the designers to ensure that their designs remained unchanged throughout the production process. To commemorate the work of the students, each of the stands includes an attribution plaque naming the designers.

The bike stands are available for use at the following locations:

  • 235 Queen St. West (in front of the Atlas Machinery Supply Ltd.) Question mark Speech Bubbles bike stand by Evi K. Hui and Olivier Mayrand
  • 315 Queen St. West (in front of Zeidler Partnership Architects) Halo bike stand by Michael Pham
  • 339 Queen St. West (in front of Quiksilver): Quotation marks Speech Bubbles by Hui and Mayrand
  • 355/357 Queen St. West (between Your Good Health and JCY House): Exclamation point Speech Bubbles by Hui and Mayrand
  • 379 Queen St. West (in front of Payless SHOESOURCE): Halo by Pham
  • 426 Queen St. West (in front of Image Makeover Salon) Quotation marks Speech Bubbles by Hui and Mayrand
  • 438 Queen St. West (in front of Fancy Gems & Accessories): Halo by Pham
  • 448 Queen St. West (in front of Bling Bling & Ken Inc.): Question mark Speech Bubbles by Hui and Mayrand
  • 482 Queen St. West (in front of The Hideout): Quotation marks Speech Bubbles by Hui and Mayrand
  • 492 Queen St. West (in front of La Palette): Halo by Pham
  • 510 Queen St. West (in front of Velvet Underground): Question mark Speech Bubbles by Hui and Mayrand
  • 515 Queen St. West (in front of Original): Exclamation point Speech Bubbles by Hui and Mayrand
  • 543/545 Queen St. West (between Hi Beads and Brown's A Short Man's World of Fashion): Halo by Pham
  • 629 Queen St. West (in front of Nikolaou Restaurant Equipment): Exclamation point Speech Bubbles by Hui and Mayrand

View a map (PDF) of the bike stands.

About the Queen St. West Business Improvement Area
The Queen St. West Business Improvement Area (www.queenstwestbia.ca) was formed in 2009. Located just south of the Ontario College of Art and Design and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Queen Street West between Simcoe and Bathurst is the neighbourhood that nurtured young artists for decades. Celebrating its one year anniversary, the Queen St. West BIA is an association of business owners and tenants along Queen Street West that work together to preserve the heritage and strong culture that the community has long been known for.

More about the OCADU Gateway Bike Stand Challenge
Thirty-five student teams submitted their designs and ten were shortlisted as finalists. The final ten designs were presented to a jury that included architect Robert Chang, The Globe and Mail’s architecture critic Lisa Rochon, Toronto City Councillor Bill Saundercook, Queen St.West BIA Chair Marc Glassman, and Urbane Cyclist owner Nancy Kendrew, as well as OCAD faculty members Bruce Hinds and Colleen Reid. Prizes were awarded to the top five designs, of which two concepts were further developed for installation by the Queen St. West BIA.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information and images, contact:

Laura Schaefer, Coordinator, Queen St. West BIA
416.384.2946

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)


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