Bike Arc LLC, located in downtown Palo Alto, California, is a Silicon Valley startup that designs sustainable, beautiful, organized, durable and secure bike racks and bike parking systems. Joseph Bellomo and Jeff Selzer founded Bike Arc in 2008. Jeff Selzer sits on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and is the General Manager of Palo Alto Bicycles. Joseph Bellomo, a California-licensed architect, is the founder and owner of Joseph Bellomo Architects, Inc. in Palo Alto, which he founded in 1986. In addition to collaborating on Bike Arc, Mr. Bellomo and Mr. Selzer also worked together on the Palo Alto Bikestation at the Caltrain depot.
In 2009, the American Institute of Architects, California Council, gave Bike Arc the Honor Award for Small Projects.
Bike Arc Philosophy
Mr. Bellomo and Mr. Selzer—both being long-time cyclists and bike worshippers—set out to design bike-parking systems that honor, protect, and respect bicycles, and believe that we shouldn’t have to touch and potentially damage someone else’s bike just to park and secure our own. They wanted to create a solution to remedy the fact that, far too often, cities, schools and businesses install bike racks that force riders to cram their bikes against each other, causing unnecessary damage to and avoidable wear-and-tear of bicycles. Mr. Bellomo and Mr. Selzer also recognize that—as an ever-growing number of people across the globe depend on two wheels to get around—it is increasingly important that we have access to secure and organized bike parking.
Bike Arc is patented in both the United States and in Europe (Office for Harmonization In the Internal Market), and the company offers multiple iterations of the same fundamental concept: a modular structure of steel arcs. The Bike Arc family includes the Rack Arc, the Half Arc, the Umbrella Arc, the Tube Arc, the Car Arc, the Bus Arc, the House Arc, and the Ad Arc.
All Bike Arc products are manufactured in the United States.
Bike Arc Installations
The City of Palo Alto has purchased and installed multiple Bike Arc products, including numerous Rack Arcs, Half Arcs and Umbrella Arcs, and Bike Arcs are also in public spaces in Boston, Las Vegas, Redwood City, California, and Norfolk, Virginia. They have also been installed at the University of Buffalo and the University of Nebraska, as well as—among others—at Juniper Networks, Inc., Varian Medical Systems, Inc., and the Seattle Repertory Theater.
- Bicycle locker
- Bicycle parking
- Bicycle stand - also known as bicycle rack
- Bicycle carrier - also known as a bicycle rack
- Bicycle storage
- Sustainable design
- Sustainable architecture
- Urban planning
- City planning
- Architect's Newspaper, "Curve Your Wheels"
- San Francisco Chronicle, "Bicycle rack yields design for modular homes"
- Palo Alto Online, "Business owners create bike racks that's state of the arc"
- SlashGear, "Bike Arc’s Car Arc Solar Powered Car Port Keeps Your Electric Cars and Bikes Charged"
- Jetson Green, "Bike Arc Modular Bike Park System"
- Bike Arc homepage
- The American Institute of Architects California Council Design Awards, "Merit Award for Small Projects"