Port Coquitlam Installs First Fix-It Bike Repair Station
Port Coquitlam, B.C. – Nov. 9, 2021… Port Coquitlam has installed a new bicycle repair station at Gates Park to support the growing number of residents using bicycles for commuting and recreation.
A pilot program, the City’s first bike fix-it station is a simple tamper-proof unit located near the Gates Park main parking lot off Wilson Avenue. Featuring screwdrivers, allen keys, wrenches and an air pump, the unit allows cyclists to perform basic bike repairs on the go, including filling or changing a tire and adjusting brakes.
“By increasing access to bike infrastructure and providing resources, we’re both improving access to transportation for our residents and improving the overall health of our community,” said Mayor Brad West. “We’re excited that this new pilot bike fix-it program not only promotes an active, healthy and environmentally-friendly mode of travel but encourages our residents to enjoy the wonderful trails and natural resources that we have in Port Coquitlam.”
The new bicycle service station is part of the City’s expanding cycling infrastructure, which includes 25 bike racks and more than 60 kilometres of bike routes. Gates Park was selected for the pilot because of its high volume of visitors and its location on the Traboulay PoCo Trail close to Port Coquitlam’s downtown.
Cyclists using the station can rest their bike on bars to suspend them off the ground and use the common bicycle repair tools. The station includes a stand-alone air pump with an integrated gauge.
“More and more people of all ages are cycling to get to school, work, shopping or for recreation. This new station helps support active transportation by allowing cyclists to make quick repairs on the go,” West said.
The City will gauge the public response during the one-year pilot and consider adding more bike repairs stations in parks and trails if this one proves popular.
Visit portcoquitlam.ca/cycling for more information about Port Coquitlam’s cycling amenities, resources and routes.
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Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam