Bike Fix-It Station Keeps Cyclists Rolling

UM augments its reputation as a bike-friendly campus.

Coral Gables (June 03, 2013) — Flat tires, slipped chains, and wobbly wheels no longer pose a problem for the many University of Miami employees and students who ride bicycles on campus. UM has installed a self-service bicycle repair station near the University Center Rock, augmenting the features and services that make the institution a bike-friendly campus.

Manufactured by Minneapolis-based Dero, the new fix-it station is equipped with all the tools—screwdrivers, wrenches, Allen keys, and an air pump—to perform most basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs.

Bicycles can be suspended from the station’s hanger arms, allowing pedals and wheels to spin freely while making repairs. A QR code on the front of the station enables users to view detailed repair instructions on a smartphone.

“This is another step in our goal to get folks to consider other means of transportation. It’s not only good for the environment but also supports the University’s wellness initiatives,” said Gia Kastelic, manager of Parking and Transportation, noting that about 1,100 bikes have been registered by the UM Police Department.
The fix-it station is the latest component of UBike, a sustainable initiative that offers free bike locks and accessories, service discounts, and bike safety classes in a move to encourage faculty, staff, and students to use bicycles more often.

If the new bicycle fix-it station experiences considerable usage, others could soon be installed on the Coral Gables campus. UM wants to know what you think about the repair station. Email your comments to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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