Bike Rack Harkens to Dunedin's Railway Heritage

A solar-powered bike rack fabricated to look like a locomotive from Dunedin's Orange Belt Railway era was installed outside Cafe Alfresco on Monday.

Cyclists have another fancy place to park their bikes downtown.

Metalworking companies Arc Angels, Inc. and Liquid Sol created the latest artistic bike rack to be unveiled in Dunedin on Monday morning.

The aluminum locomotive rack was fabricated to look like the same engine that stopped through Dunedin on the Orange Belt Railway — now paved for bicyclists and pedestrians as the Pinellas Trail.

The old Orange Belt Railway traveled between St. Petersburg and Sanford in the late 1800s. The locomotive bike rack is situated in front of , but faces the , once an active train depot. 

The bike rack stands 5 feet tall at the smoke stack, which is equipped with a solar panel that illuminates its headlight. It also features a coal car, extending 10 feet. It holds between eight and 12 bikes, according to one of its creators Bill Coleman of Arc Angels, Inc.

Matt Sunderman of Liquid Sol also helped design and construct it.

The decorative bike racks are largely funded through private donors. They can cost up to $2,500.

Dunedin is one of two communities in the state with an artistic bike rack initiative. In March, the city received an honorable mention for its artistic bike rack initiative and a second place award for the program at the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council's annual Future of the Regions Awards.

City staff said during a recent Arts & Cultural Advisory Committee meeting that future decorative bike racks might be in the works for the following locations:

  • Andrews Memorial Chapel
  • Pioneer Park
  • Dunedin Fine Art Center
  • Florida Auto Exchange Stadium
  • Purple Heart Park
  • North District Station (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)

Looking for a place to park today? See a full map of Dunedin's active artistic bike locations.

[Updated: 7:26 p.m., Thursday, July 5, 2012]

Bob Hackworth July 05, 2012 at 02:39 PM
What a great community! "The decorative bike racks are largely funded through private donors. They can cost up to $2,500." Thank you too, the private donors.
JOHN TUCKER July 05, 2012 at 03:44 PM
An absolutely super job Bill......you've done it again!!! A great man for Dunedin!
John Dolac July 05, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Stories like this are why coming to Dunedin makes me smile.
Ron Barnette July 06, 2012 at 12:10 AM
How great it is that our fine city can combine public art with functional convenience! Thanks for the great historical work, good friend Bill Coleman. Keep it going...you know I'm with ya! Ron Barnette
rick barasso July 06, 2012 at 12:22 AM
If the stories don't make you smile, the restaurants and breweries will! It truly is a very special place and frame of mind. Where else do you celebrate paintings of oranges? I believe that is the next festival on Saturday at the marina park (another treasure)...


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