The City of Urbana has installed a Dero Bike Fix-It bicycle repair station in downtown Urbana, just inside the Main Street entrance of the downtown Urbana parking garage. The station is a do-it-yourself bicycle repair station consisting of a variety of tools, such as wrenches and screwdrivers, tethered with woven steel cables to a metal stand bolted to the ground. There is also a hand-operated air pump. Cyclists hang their bikes on the stand and use the tools to make repairs.
The bicycle repair station will help make cycling in Urbana safer by giving bicyclists easy access to the tools they need to keep their bikes in proper working order. Many people have bicycles in need of minor repairs, but they don’t have the tools and so the bicycles aren’t used.
According to Rebecca Bird, planner with the City of Urbana, the do-it-yourself bicycle repair station is a way to promote bicycle use. “Whenever we are out promoting bicycle events such as Bike to Work Day, we find people asking us if we have an air pump because their tires are flat or an allen wrench to adjust the height of the seat,” Bird explained. “These repair stations will allow those people to get back on their bikes.”
The downtown Urbana fix-it station is the first of six. In the next few weeks, expect to see them installed in downtown Champaign, at the Illinois Terminal, in Campus Town, and on the University of Illinois campus.