Design Daily: Yerba Buena Bike Racks by CMG Landscape Architecture


In a move that underscores the rich cultural core of the Yerba Buena neighborhood, “artful” bike racks were installed December 14 outside Metreon. The cast-iron racks are spare but stylish, made from reclaimed metal and sporting a subtle tire tread pattern.


San Francisco’s CMG Landscape Architecture designed two versions of the rack, with different tread patterns. Over the next few months, 30 of each will be installed in the neighborhood, so keep an eye out for the hot new spots where you can lock your bike. I love the marriage of form and function—it seems like there’s never a good spot to rack your wheels in the city center, and the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District managed to solve a practical problem while referencing the museum- and performance-rich scene in the area.


A slew of community leaders, from Supervisor Jane Kim to San Francisco Bicycle Coalition director Leah Shahum, were on hand to unveil the new racks. They’re part of a larger project, called the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan, which will create mobile parklets, solar docking stations, dog parks, pedestrian alleyways and much more over the next ten years in the Yerba Buena area.

If you like the designs, sign up to snag one for your residence or business. Email asap, since we have a feeling the swanky racks will go fast. 

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