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Bike repair stations installed near Ohio State recreational facilities

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A Dero Bike Fixit Stand, located outside of the RPAC, has tools for bike repair and an air pump for inflating tires. There are two additional stands on campus: at the Adventure Recreation Center and at Jesse Owens North. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editor

A Dero Bike Fixit Stand, located outside of the RPAC, has tools for bike repair and an air pump for inflating tires. There are two additional stands on campus: at the Adventure Recreation Center and at Jesse Owens North.
Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editor

After the installation of quick-fix bike repair stations on campus during spring break, some Ohio State students said they’d like to see more stations on campus.

The Dero Bike Fixit Stand has tools for minor bike repairs and an air pump for inflating tires, Matt Hartman, assistant director at the OSU Outdoor Adventure Center, said in an email. He added the stations are intended to encourage commuting by bike.

The stand has tools including a bike pump, screwdrivers and wrenches, Hartman said.

“The Fixit stands are meant to make campus a welcoming environment for bike commuters, which hopefully reduces car and parking congestion around campus,” Hartman said.

There are three of the stands on campus: outside of the RPAC, at the Adventure Recreation Center and at Jesse Owens North. All were installed during spring break in mid-March.

Two more Fixit Stands are set to be installed at Jesse Owens South and Fred Beekman Park, but OSU is still in the process of choosing the best locations to place the stands in those areas, Hartman said.

The stands cost about $900 each, totaling approximately $4,500 for all five, Hartman said, and were paid for by Student Life’s Recreational Sports Department.

Griffin Holub, a second-year in computer science and engineering, said he’s used the air pump at the RPAC stand a few times because his bike tires are often low in air pressure.

“This is actually really nice to have them around on campus,” he said.

Stephen Kruse, a third-year in economics, said he tends to ride his bike a few times a week but he hasn’t noticed the Fixit Stands.

He said he has had flat tires before and had to walk with his bike home, so the idea of a quick-fix stand is appealing.

“It was definitely a cool addition (to campus),” Kruse said.

Hartman said other Fixit Stands can be found around Columbus, including on High Street across from the Wexner Center for the Arts.

 

Editor’s note: This story was updated April 2, 2014, to include the total cost of the bike stands.

One comment

  1. That’s nice, but I think there is a greater need for cameras so people stop getting their bikes stolen.

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