A network of do-it-yourself bicycle fix-it stations continues to grow throughout FDOT District Seven. The latest station was installed at a HART transit stop located directly in front of the FDOT District Office on McKinley Drive. “Transit stops provide a great location to provide bicyclists support with tools for quick repairs and air for their tires” stated Ricardo Feliciano, District Seven’s Transit, TMOs and SSO Coordinator. “Along with transit riders using HART’S Bikes on Buses program, many cyclists riding by the stop are expected to use the station.”
Every fix-it station is equipped with tools including screwdrivers, wrenches, Allen keys, and a heavy duty air pump. The stations make basic repairs and maintenance easy, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes or derailleurs. A bicycle can be suspended from the fix-it station’s hanger arm, allowing pedals and wheels to spin freely while making repairs. A QR code conveniently located on the front of the station enables users to view detailed repair instructions using a smartphone.
The fix-it stations have been well received by the public. Local bicyclists commented on a photo of the new HART transit stop repair station posted on the Tampa BayCycle Facebook page. “What a GREAT idea to have repair stations at bus stops!” stated Margaret Shephard. Nicole Angel said, “Thank you. . . I think this has really stepped our city up… I look forward to getting on a bike again and this helps reassure riders like me.”
The repair stations were purchased by the New North Transportation Alliance (NNTA) using Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds through contracts managed by Feliciano. STP funds secured by NNTA have been successfully used for bicycle infrastructure including racks and stations located in Hillsborough County. “We listened to local bicyclists and found they needed safe locations to fix their bicycles and pump their tires,” said Julie Bond, co-Director of the New North Transportation Alliance and Senior Researcher at the Center for Urban Transportation Research. “We actually piloted the first repair station in the University of South Florida Beard Parking Garage where we were able to gather feedback from cyclists using the station. We found the station had high use, so we continued to expand in the New North Transportation Alliance’s service area partnering with local coffee shops, HART, the City of Temple Terrace and the University of South Florida for installation.” A map showing station locations is available at the following link: http://www.tampabaycycle.com/resources/bicycle-repair-stations/