Oregon Manifest raises bar on bike design
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
The 2009 Oregon Manifest winner, Tony Pereira of Pereira Cycles (photo by Pdxcross.com)
Oregon Manifest, a nonprofit group dedicated to elevating the craft of fine bicycle design and finding the ultimate mode of transportation for everyday cyclists, launched its second design competition Thursday night.
This year for the first time, the contest will be backed by the firepower of the Levi's brand.
At a kickoff party in Northwest Portland Thursday, Oregon Manifest revealed the design criteria for its second biannual competition and announced that three top-shelf design firms would participate in the challenge, teaming with bike builders to introduce new bike designs. IDEO of Palo Alto, Calif., fuseproject of San Francisco and Ziba Design in Portland will participate in the Creative Collaborations portion of the design competition.
The 2011 Constructor's Design Challenge will admit up to 35 bike designers working toward a 50-mile ride field trial, the scrutiny of an experienced panel of judges and awards gala scheduled for September. In the inaugural 2009 competition 29 teams participated.
Oregon Manifest was launched in 2008 with the mission of supporting craft bicycle designers and the bicycle transportation culture emerging in Portland and elsewhere.
"We're looking for the ultimate modern utility bike: a bike designed as an integrated tool for living that
is yet to be found on the retail floor," said Shannon Holt, a designer and Oregon Manifest board member, in a press release.
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