Keep Your Bicycle in Good Repair with State College Borough’s New Bicycle Repair Stations
Join State College Borough at the Ribbon Cutting event on July 26.
State College, PA – The Borough of State College has installed four bicycle repair stations in locations along well-used bicycle routes. To celebrate the completion of this project, the Borough will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on July 26, 2016, near the bicycle repair station located across from the State College Municipal Building on Allen Street.
The repair stations are located at key bicycle user areas like the Orchard Park Shared Use Path near Welch Pool and along South Allen Street. These maintenance units are an expansion of a larger network of repair stations installed on the Pennsylvania State University campus in 2014. The University currently hosts five repair stations and plans to add three additional stations this fall, providing ample opportunity both on- and off-campus for cyclists to make basic repairs.
Project Coordinator Alan Sam, The Borough's Arborist and Sustainability Coordinator, said the installation of these repair stations are part of an ongoing plan with the Centre Region to make State College more bicycle friendly. Although not the primary reason people are discouraged from biking, a few respondents in a recent survey by the Centre Region Planning Agency noted “bicycle maintenance downtime” as a reason that keeps them from biking. For example, one resident noted, “My bike sometimes is not roadworthy because it has a flat tire or needs a ‘repair.’”
The repair stations contain all the necessary tools to perform basic bicycle repairs. The tool set is connected by stainless steel cables with tamper proof fasteners and contains Phillips and flat head screwdrivers, headset wrench, pedal wrench, tire levers, a complete set of Allen wrenches and a tire pump. These stations are built to last and are designed to survive all kinds of weather. In terms of durability, the tire pump is the most difficult to maintain. Borough staff reviewed multiple brands of repair stations and selected Dero Corp’s Fixit brand maintenance units because of their easy maintenance, ADA compliance and weatherability. Immediately after installation, the bicycle repair stations were seen in use by local bicycle riders.
The work to obtain and install these four repair stations began in 2014 and spanned the tenure of three Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps Americorps Members serving at the Borough, Clay Chiles, Lauren Muthler and Kelly Doyle. Chiles applied for and received a Transportation Alternatives Program grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Muthler navigated PennDOT’s bid process and Doyle reviewed bid packages and worked with Borough staff on the installation.
“We are excited to see these bicycle repair stations finally installed,” said Doyle. “Whether you are new to cycling and have no bicycle repair equipment or simply have a flat tire along your daily ride, these stations will make it easy to perform basic bicycle repairs.”
The Borough of State College, along with the other member municipalities of the Centre Region Council of Government, is a Bronze Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM
and the Borough was recently designated a Silver Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM
from the League of American Bicyclists. The Centre Region is currently applying again to the League of American Bicyclists in the hope of achieving a higher level of certification based upon the improvements made over the last four years in the program. Since being awarded Bronze, the Centre Region has adopted a regional bicycle plan, created the Centre Region Bicycle Advisory Committee, improved bicycle infrastructure and expanded bicycle education.