New bike repair stands put cyclists back on the road

Aiming to make the campus more bike-friendly, Physical Plant recently installed bicycle repair stands at the bike shelters outside of the Student Union and Integrated Sciences Building.
 
According to Pam Monn, assistant director of Physical Plant for Building and Grounds Services, the repair stands were recommended last fall in a report by the League of American Bicyclists.
 
The Fixit Bike Repair Stands are equipped to hold a bike and are outfitted with various wrenches and screwdrivers and an air pump, all attached with sturdy cables and tamper-proof fasteners. According to the manufacturer, Minneapolis-based Dero, the Fixit “includes all the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs.” The front of the stand also has a QR code on the front to access repair instructions using a smart phone.
 
Three other stations are planned on campus, says Monn, though the sites haven’t been finalized.
 
The Bicycle Friendly University review was requested by the campus’ Sustainability Office. The final report made a series of recommendations to promote cycling and bike safety.
 
Photo: Mark Aleksiewicz of Landscape Management demonstrates the use of a new bike repair stand outside the Integrated Sciences Building.