The first cycling repair station installed on City property has gone up in front of The Next Act on 104th street and 83rd avenue. Steam Whistle put up the cash, but because the city doesn’t allow 3rd party advertising, it doesn’t carry their branding message like the other two repair stations already in use in Edmonton.
Murray Davison is the Executive Director of the Old Strathcona Business Association. He explains what it’s all about.
“What it is, is it’s a station where you can actually set your bike up on it. There’s a bunch of tools there for you to work with and you can do some repairs and there’s also a pump so you can put air in your tires.”
Despite the lack of logos, the station is still Steam Whistle’s signature green. Attached to security cables you’ll find all the tools you might need to make some repairs on the fly. Standard screwdrivers, Allen wrenches, a headset wrench, pedal wrench, box wrenches and tire levers are all at your disposal.
Davison says cycling is a big part of their community.
“We have a lot of avid cyclers who are coming to and through our area. They support our businesses and with the bike infrastructure coming in on 83rd (avenue) we’ve been a pilot for many years of bicycle corrals and so they’re quite well utilized and that particular one, we’ve been pushing for that to go year round so that people can park their bikes there year round because we have a lot of winter cyclists.”
The Next Act’s Mike Angus says they’ve teamed up with Steam Whistle to offer a demo on proper use of the repair station which will take place Wednesday, from 3:00 ’till 5:00 in the afternoon.