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2014-04-29 at 16:49

City introduces first-ever bike repair station

By Jodi Lundmark,
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THUNDER BAY -- The city’s first community bike repair station is already a hit.

About 15 kids were centred around the station fixing their bikes last Thursday, the first day the structure was operational outside the Mary J.L. Black Library on Edward Street.

The station comes with various tools to make basic repairs such as tightening brakes, fixing gears, adjusting the seat or fixing a flat tire.

The city officially unveiled the repair station Tuesday afternoon and active transportation coordinator Adam Krupper said it's a big step forward in Thunder Bay because it's putting cycling amenities in an area people actually cycle.

"We've got a community centre. We've got a library. We've got a school. We've got a park. We've got multi-use trails. This is a place where people bike," he said.

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The station was a partnership between the city's parks, library and engineering departments. The total cost of the project was about $1,000. 

The Westfort station is part of a pilot project. Krupper said they're going to monitor how it holds up through the weather and general wear and tear over the summer and if successful, they plan to install bike repair stations in other locations throughout the city.

The next proposed site is near the skate park in Prince Arthur's Landing.

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eventscentre says:
What a great job this city does for our youth. Of course these stations will not come without criticism as anyone who doesn't exercise or ride a bike will say that it is a waste of money, and that it would be better spent on constantly filling potholes.
4/29/2014 5:19:06 PM
ohno says:
I ride a bike and still think it is a waste of money.
4/30/2014 2:43:13 AM
brandon says:
And this is why we are in the red so badly: going waaaay outside their mandate. Seriously, can you believe we have an 'active transportation coordinator' in a city our size? lol

Whats next? How about I demand a garage facility so I can fix my car..... or a municipal dog wash.... or a free ski waxing facility. Can we have a ski waxing coordinator as well? Or an electric scooter King? Or a unicycle redundancy extrapolator! lets make lots of new positions outside our city mandate. Perhaps an empty beer bottle pick up service as well.
4/29/2014 5:28:44 PM
fastball says:
Hey, it's a good thing - and doesn't cost very much. It's a couple pieces of steel welded together with some wires attached. It works, and it might come in handy for people.
But, hey - I guess if it doesn't help YOU directly, it's a big giant waste, right? God, some people feel almost DUTY-BOUND to whine and moan about things. All is does it make you sound...well, kinda empty and bitter.
4/30/2014 7:28:36 AM
Watchmaker says:
Have you ever visited Montreal, Ottawa or Vancouver? These cities have well developed cycling infrastructure that promotes low carbon footprint, healthy and safe commuting. I started cycling to work in the summer a few years ago (from Port Arthur to Fort William and back each day) and, as a taxpayer, I applaud the efforts to improve cycling routes.

Look forward, not backward.
4/30/2014 7:47:54 AM
ken1 says:
Any city's job is to advance the Health and Safety of it's citizens.
Encouraging people to travel on safe reliable well maintained bicycles is advantageous for all.
Your other suggestions do not warrant comment.
4/30/2014 7:52:20 AM
Thesupermotohooligan says:
Salsa Warbird! Nice bike for attacking our awesome, hilly, curvy gravel roads! Get yours at Petrie's!
4/29/2014 5:36:49 PM
kurtiswm says:
Does this guy work full time. If so I want his job. Wonder what the price tag is on this little project. 2 posts and some basic tool. The city provably invested like 10 grand if I was to take a guess when everything is factored in
4/29/2014 10:16:49 PM
adubs says:
$1000.00 - you guessed wrong
4/30/2014 10:57:34 AM
unheard says:
tools will be gone first day
4/29/2014 11:26:00 PM
ou812 says:
how long before vandals destroy it?
4/29/2014 11:39:26 PM
moonpie says:
Great idea. Unfortunately we know it won't take long for the vandals to ruin it for everyone.
4/30/2014 12:32:43 AM
myopinionmatters says:
Sounds like the coalition against positive change is at it again. "In a city our size" everyone should ride a bike. Two things would happen then, people would get some fresh air and exercise and be happier and less critical, and secondly they would think twice about their own driving habits when they see how horrendous the drivers of Thunder Bay are and how dangerous our streets are for cyclists.
4/30/2014 7:44:15 AM
silent rebel says:
Amazing job Thunder Bay! We may be small but that doesn't mean we can't be innovative and forward thinking! I think the naysayers just forget how amazing a little fresh air and exercise makes you feel.
4/30/2014 8:47:51 AM
jonthunder says:
Why is the city again using tax money to compete with private businesses; and providing a service that I don't believe anyone has ever demanded the city provide in my lifetime. Little wonder the city is millions over budget and cutting back on other much needed services. Does city administration know what it is doing?
4/30/2014 9:10:36 AM
westfort_guy says:
I think it's a great idea and too heck with all the naysayers! The city does things for it's people and in true thunder bay fashion they whine all over it...

I just hope there is a camera watching the bike station it at all times and that it is locked up a night
4/30/2014 10:27:44 AM
ring of fire dude says:
How soon until the crack pipe/freebase stations are in ? Maybe we can put pillows in the bus shelters while we are at it too .
4/30/2014 10:48:24 AM
fastball says:
I applauded the author of a post on a previous story for having quite possibly the most ridiculous comment of the day.
After reading your comment, I apologize to the previous writer - and without any hesitation, bestow the title on you.
We're talking a piece of steel to hoist a bike onto - with 10 dollars worth of wire and a wrench....and you liken it to providing crack to addicts?
Wow - that's quite a jump there, dude.
4/30/2014 1:07:58 PM
Harold says:
@ ring of fire dude, why must you take a good story and turn it into a joke? Is this your attempt at humor, if so it didnt come close to working.
4/30/2014 12:35:03 PM
BetterThunderBay says:
Looking good Thunder Bay! A small but much appreciated way to make our city a little more people friendly. Supporting many modes of transportation will take us further.
4/30/2014 12:58:41 PM
tsb says:
The people of this city are its biggest liability. I certainly hope investors don't visit this website, because it would certainly drive them away.
4/30/2014 11:09:01 PM
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