Flat tires, be darned.
The Davis Bike Club came through on its promise to bring do-it-yourself bicycle maintenance stands into the community.
Bicyclists in need of a tune-up can now find blue Dero Fixit stations in numerous spots around town, including in front of the Southern Pacific Train Depot, Second and H streets, on the south side of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, Third and B streets, and at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. There also are many Fixit stations at UC Davis.
The stations are equipped with tools, which are tethered to the stands by wire rope, that make it easy for anyone to inflate a flat tire, tighten some handle bars or even adjust their brakes.
“They’re really (in) the most obvious locations, due to the high bicycle volume at the train station; there are just tons of cyclists,” said Dave “DK” Kemp, the city’s new active transportation coordinator, about why the Bicycle Advisory Committee chose its first two locations.
“And then also, Central Park really serves as a central location and it’s right between the university, too, where you get a large number of cyclists taking the Third Street corridor. And the Farmers Market as well.”
The Davis Bike Club, who has partnered with the city to bring the stations to Davis, also donated enough money — $5,000 in all — for another station. Glen Mounkes, president of the Davis Bike Club, said in front of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. was the next logical spot. Eventually, Kemp would like to see more stations at Davis shopping centers and schools.
“I’m happy to see it,” Kemp said. “It supports Davis’ reputation as a bicycle-friendly community.”
Each station has a flathead and Phillips screwdriver, a set of box and Allen wrenches, two tire levers, a Torx wrench and a tire pump.
The unit also acts as a stand on which cyclists can place their bikes while they work on them.
UC Davis has installed about a dozen of the Dero Fixit stations on campus, which is where the Davis Bike Club and the Bicycle Advisory Committee first got the idea.
Mounkes believes UCD students will get great use out of the stations in town as well.
“I think too, that there will be kind of persistence of memory when the students come off from UCD and they’re used to seeing these things,” Mounkes said. “They can come by and say, ‘Hey, there’s one!’ ”
Kemp, who was hired in 2012, said the stations are another testament to Davis’ commitment to bicycling.
“It’s little things like this that really encourage cycling, these types of facilities,” Kemp said. “What a nice little amenity, I think, for cyclists.”
Communities in the West that have installed Dero Fixit stations include Burbank, Santa Monica and Portland.
For more information on the Davis fix-it stations, including quick tutorials on basic repairs that can be made using the stations, visit the Davis Bike Club website at www.davisbikeclub.org/fixit.
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