In November 2015, RISE Cowley (formerly the Cowley County Healthy Communities Coalition) approved a bicycle rack design contest for five communities in Cowley County. The design contest now is being reissued for the communities of Burden, Dexter and Udall.

The design contest invites youths aged 5 to 18 in these communities and their families to create a design specific to their community.

If the design is selected, RISE Cowley will pay to have it built and installed in the community at a location to be designated later.

Inspired by the Ohio Creating Healthy Communities project, RISE Cowley strives to promote healthy choices by focusing on policies, systems and environments. Specifically, this project helps to create infrastructure to support and increase bicycling.

A contest for youths to submit designs first was held in January 2016, and winning designs were selected for Arkansas City and Winfield.

A fish bike rack was installed last fall at the Winfield Public Library, located at 605 College St., and a sunflower bike rack with a bench will be constructed this spring for installation in Arkansas City.

Bike rack designs for this contest do not have to be fancy drawings. In fact, simple lines are the easiest to fabricate into a functional bike rack.

It is suggested that the design be 6 to 8 feet long and suitable to secure at least four to six bikes. Youths can submit more than one design.

Contest designs are due by March 2. They should be mailed to the Cowley County Extension Office, P.O. Box 538, Winfield, KS 67156, or sent via email to

Adults with an idea for a design should find a youth in their community and partner on a submission.

Funding for fabrication and installation is from the Communities Preventing Childhood Obesity grant previously received by RISE Cowley.

For more information about this contest, call Becky Reid at K-State Research and Extension Cowley County at (620) 221-5450.

This information was provided by K-State Research and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Specialist Becky Reid.