BIKEBAY on the stray

In July the Tour de France began its journey in Yorkshire. The North Yorkshire Society of Architects invited local primary school children to take part in an innovative design contest to mark the event.

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How would you design a bicycle stand to celebrate the world’s biggest cycle race coming to your town?


This is the question North Yorkshire Society of Architects asked 666 local primary school children aged between 8 and 11 in architectural workshops that resulted in a design competition.

Ten-year-old William Hunt’s winning design, inspired by the steep terrain of the Yorkshire Dales, fabricated at full size by Stage One - the Yorkshire-based company who built the 2012 Olympic Cauldron - captured the imagination of thousands of visitors to the Tour de France Fan Park during the Grand Depart weekend in Harrogate. The beautiful galvanised steel structure represents the profile of the Yorkshire Dales terrain of the Stage One route from Leeds to Harrogate and includes the names of towns along the way.


x660_thousandsofvisitorsviewedthroughtheBIKEBAYThousands of visitors viewed through the BIKEBAY

Harrogate Borough Council have revealed that it hopes to use the BIKEBAY as the legacy piece for the Tour de France coming to Harrogate and that discussions are underway to find a permanent location in Harrogate town centre to mark the finish of Stage 1.  In response to public support for the project, the NYSA also confirmed that there is the potential for other councils to come on board to locate a BIKEBAY in towns along the route of the first stage.

Adjacent to the BIKEBAY was an exhibition celebrating the entries from all children. People were also invited to design their own BIKEBAY on the templates originally given to the primary school children for the competition. Children young and old (from 3 to 62) engaged with this activity. By the end of the weekend the walls of the Architruck were decorated with over 50 of the drawings from the people who did not want to take theirs home with them.

Andrew Jones MP for Harrogate was one of the judges for the competition said:

'Competitions like Bike Bay give young people the chance to explore areas such as design and production.  The entries were all of a high standard and I know that many of the entrants will have been inspired to seriously consider a career in the creative design industries.'


William Hunt with his BIKEBAY in front of the RIBA architruck

Competition winner William Hunt said:

'Winning felt absolutely amazing as I hadn’t really designed anything before, so when I found out I was delighted. Visiting the Stage One factory to discuss my design, and knowing the bike bay will be situated in Harrogate is great.'

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