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Bike Windsor Essex sets up 24/7 ‘fix-it’ station for cyclists

Bike Windsor Essex sets up 24/7 'fix-it' station for cyclists

Sofie Waters, left, and Zoe Beaulieu, students at Bike Windsor Essex, use their new bicycle Fix-It station in Old Walkerville to tune up a bicycle,…

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Sofie Waters, left, and Zoe Beaulieu, students at Bike Windsor Essex, use their new bicycle Fix-It station in Old Walkerville to tune up a bicycle, on Friday, March 18, 2022. Article content

Local advocacy group Bike Windsor Essex has a new bicycle “Fix-It” station outside its Bike Kitchen at 628 Monmouth Rd. in Walkerville that’s available 24/7. Article content

Don’t know how to fix a flat or a faulty brake? No problem, says executive director Lori Newton. The station has a QR code that can patch a smartphone straight through to a series of short do-it-yourself videos covering a number of basic repairs.

Using a $55,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the group was able to get the Fix-It station, do some renovation and upgrades to its Bike Kitchen over the winter, and produce a number of two-minute videos covering maintenance tips as well as topics like “How to Buy a Used Bike.”

The same grant awarded in 2020 previously provided safe cycling education programs to youth, seniors and families. Newton said her organization is gearing up for the spring and the 2022 cycling events calendar. Article content

The Fix-It station offers “all the tools a bike rider needs to do a quick repair or to inflate a tire. The station also provides an outdoor opportunity to teach basic wrenching skills by Bike Kitchen mechanics who will also keep it in good shape.

Of the videos, said Newton, “the demand for safe cycling classes and basic mechanics classes […]

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