Bridgewater adds bicycle repair stations around town


  • <p>KEITH CORCORAN, PHOTO</p><p>Bike repair stations have been established in various Bridgewater locations, such as this one along Glen Allan Drive.</p>

The bicycle repair stations popping up in various parts of Bridgewater is costing about $4,000 to put in place, the town says.

The province's Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage provided most of the funding toward purchase and installation of the stations through a grant, Patrick Hirtle, a spokesman for the Town of Bridgewater, told LighthouseNOW in an email.

"Additionally, the town is receiving a private donation to support the project," he said.

Five stations will be installed. At the time of writing this, three of them were in place near the Centennial Trail access points, such as on spots along Glen Allan Drive, north LaHave Street, and Victoria Road.

The Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre, in the town's business park, "is a pending location and an additional one will be installed at a location that has yet to be determined," Hirtle said.

"The actual cost of each repair station averages out to about $750, including installation."

The goal surrounding the repair station concept is to promote active transportation and support cycling. Community engagement and response to the town will indicate how often or not the stations are used, Hirtle said.

Bridgewater's active transportation committee of town staff, citizens and stakeholder organizations worked with the recreation director to pick appropriate spots for the repair stations. The eight-kilometre-long Centennial Trail system is another way for people to travel to important amenities, Hirtle said.

"The locations were chosen based on connectivity and user traffic, so engagement with that same community will help inform our understanding of how well-used each location will be," he added.

There are enough materials at the stations to allow a cyclist to adjust brakes or change a flat tire, for example. On-site aspects include a pump, a stabilizing stand and an assortment of tools.

The idea is that if people have confidence that they can fix their bicycle on the route, they may be more inclined to take that mode of transportation, according to Hirtle.

"Bike shops are not open 24 hours, and they're not always convenient when an emergency bike repair on the trail is needed. These stations will provide immediate access to tools to assist those who do not have access to proper repair equipment," said Hirtle.

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