Northeast student-designed bike racks brighten Norfolk

NORFOLK- Ten bike racks designed by students at Northeast Community College are bringing some vibrant color and character to various locations across Norfolk.

In 2016, Joe Ferguson, North Fork Riverfront Development Committee member, and Kim Kwapnioski, former executive director of the Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau, approached Phil Schimonitz, Northeast graphic design instructor, to request his students create potential designs for the project.

The North Fork Riverfront Development Committee and Downtown (Norfolk) Vehicle Parking District made the final selection, a design that resembles a large bike, with each rack a different color. Ferguson then approached the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (LENRD) board of directors to secure funding. The board agreed to fund half the project

The bike racks are located at the corner of 7th Street and Norfolk Avenue; the Johnny Carson mural (forthcoming); the parking lot near Leon in downtown Norfolk; Johnson Park, where two are located; the southwest corner of the Cowboy Trail; the Cowboy Trail shelter; Ta-Ha-Zouka Park; the Sunset Plaza Mall; and the corner of 1st Street and Norfolk Avenue.

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