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Bike rack:Collaboration yields bike rack at Davidson

A custom bike rack that was one year in the making at Davidson High School now is available for young cyclists to park their wheels.

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Dozens of students at Davidson and Tolles Career and Technical Center played a role in its creation but the effort began with Davidson sophomore Jack DeLeo, who will be recognized Sept. 26 at the school board meeting at Davidson High School, 5100 Davidson Road.

As a freshman last year, DeLeo arrived on his bicycle to find a rusty-looking bike rack with missing rails and numerous abandoned locks hanging from other rails.

"I thought we needed a new bike rack so I asked (assistant principal Jeremy) Scally," DeLeo said.

Scally said he took one look at the rack and knew DeLeo had a point.

"It was pretty obvious it was a problem," Scally said.

But with the hectic start of a new school year, the solution was not immediate, Scally said.

"Jack was persistent though and I began talking about it to (Davidson principal) Aaron Cookson," he said.

After pricing new bike racks that ranged from $300 to $1,200, Scally said, he approached Dan Reese, who instructs introduction to engineering and design to Davidson students.

"I threw the idea to him and we came up with a design contest (for all our engineering-and-design students)," Scally said.

A panel that included Davidson faculty members, an Ohio State University professor and DeLeo chose a winning design.

"We wanted to do something unique, different than what we saw online (for pre-fabricated bike racks)," said Davidson sophomore Sam Weller.

Sophomore Luke DeWeese said his team wanted the bike rack to "represent Davidson High School."

Sophomore Evan Annis said the team's design included elements to illustrate "school spirit."

The final product is a hybrid of the best parts of all the designs and was fabricated by students at Tolles, Weller said.

Scally and Cookson lauded the all the students for their effort in creating the amenity.

The rack was finished during the summer and placed at Davidson this month.

"It looks great. ... I'm glad we have a new bike rack. We needed it," DeLeo said.