Bike Box, an Innovative Bicycle Parking Station, in Front of Sterle’s

By Michael K. McIntyre, The Plain Dealer  Interested in a re-purposed shipping container made to corral bikes? You’re in luck. LAND Studio is looking to place one last Bike Box in Cuyahoga County.

As Tipoff told you last year (second item), the idea for the Bike Box came from Greg Peckham at LAND Studio, a Cleveland nonprofit devoted to parks and public art. Rust Belt Welding made the conversion from shipping container to bike corral.

“Like so many great ideas, this started over beers,” Sam McNulty said last year. He welcomed the first Bike Box next to his Nano Brew in Ohio City.

The boxes, funded by the Charter One Foundation, serve a functional and symbolic purpose. They offer covered shelter for bikes and they are a visible encouragement for the growing local bicycling culture.

There are Bike Boxes now in the Ohio City, Tremont, Detroit-Shoreway and St. Clair-Superior neighborhoods of Cleveland. A full-size one is 20-feet by eight-feet. A short box is 10 by 8.

Here’s how to snag the last one (are you listening Parma? Euclid? Lakewood?):

LAND Studio will choose a non-profit organization, government, community development organization or college as a recipient. The location has to be supported by a local public official and the recipient will help design and must maintain the box.

Applications are available on line at land-studio.org and are due by August 30. Questions? E-mail jwimbiscus@LAND-studio.org.