Bankside, London, UK
Competition Date January 2011
Better Bankside Business Improvement District
Pedal Park embodies, through its dual persona, the task of parking as well as the medium for promoting sustainability to the surrounding community. Addressing the goals of BBID and the Bankside Urban Forest, Pedal Park literally provides a stage for these goals to incubate and unfold. As Bankside evolves as a vital urban district – attracting tourists and businesses – investment in public space and the supporting urban fabric becomes even more critical. By providing secure bike parking, an activated pedestrian environment, and, equally important, a medium for flexible seating and gathering, Pedal Park offers nearly endless possibilities for creating new and revitalized urban spaces.
From informal seating to an expanded urban amphitheater which stages public events at major destinations, the various forms of Pedal Park will not only serve its intended purpose of bike parking, but will promote cycling culture. Whether by sheer visibility, staging of cycling events, or through random acts of street theatre at these new found urban venues, Pedal Park will serve as a ubiquitous icon and vital part of Bankside’s urban fabric