'Bike Hanger': Vertical Storage Racks for Urban Alleyways

Apr 12, 2011· 0 MIN READ
Salvatore Cardoni holds a political science degree from the George Washington University. He's written about all things environment since 2007.
A bike rack gone vertical. (Photo: Manifesto Architecture)

The alleyway will never be as grand as the avenue nor as travelled as the freeway, but as more urbanites embrace bicycling, it could be just as useful.

Designed by Jeeyong An of New York-based Manifesto Architecture, Bike Hanger is a bold attempt to rid city sidewalks of ugly and inefficient bicycle racks.

The vertical device, which can hold up to 36 bicycles, reminds us of the rack seen behind the counter of your local drycleaner, except, you know, if it were slapped onto the side of a building.

Jeeyong tells TakePart that not only are curbside bike racks an eyesore, but “…they’re not very green.”

This isn’t the case with Bike Hanger, says Jeeyong. His design calls for recycled plastic, stainless steel, and carbon framing.

Take the bike racks off the sidewalk and suddenly there's a lot more room for foot traffic. (Photo: Manifesto Architecture)

Jeeyong says he is most proud of the fact that the hanging device would be powered exclusively by a stationary bike situated on the ground.

According to ArchDaily, Bike Hanger was originally conceived for the 2010 Seoul Cycle Design Competition, which called for ideas to improve the city's bike-friendliness and infrastructure.

Jeeyong says he is open to the idea of partnering with any city interested in his design.

“By utilizing the unused space within a city, this device could revitalize it as well,” says Jeeyong.