TRIGG cyclists can now keep their bikes in good working order thanks to a public bike repair station.
The station at the northern end of Clarko Reserve features various tools for riders to carry out repairs to their bikes along with a foot pump to inflate tyres and a park bench.
From the design stage to installation, the project took five months to complete at a cost of $8500.
As an avid cyclist, Scarborough resident Trisha Lee saw the need for a public station for quick bike fixes on the road and approached the City of Stirling.
“I often cycle recreationally up the coast on my own or with my family, I commute to work in Leederville by bike and my family and I generally travel around our neighbourhood by bike as much as possible,” she said.
“I made the suggestion and Cr Karen Caddy and former Cr Bill Stewart and City staff enthusiastically supported it, investigated suitable locations, cost effective options and made it happen really quickly.”
Ms Lee said she hoped the repair station would encourage others to get on their bikes instead of into their cars.
“Having the maintenance pole available will mean everyone has access to the tools they need to keep their bikes in good riding order, which means we’ll all be safer on the roads and bike paths,” she said.
Ms Lee said she hoped Stirling and other councils would continue to support cycling.
“I hope they see this bike maintenance pole as a successful trial, and will introduce more of them along key commuter routes, like along the freeway bike path,” she said.
Stirling Mayor Giovanni Italiano said the bike repair station should prove a popular resource for daily cyclists and families on weekends.
“It’s an excellent location for a bike repair station, as the beautiful coastline is such a popular destination for cyclists and always attracts riders of all ages,” he said.
“It’s also a great way of helping encourage sustainable transportation.”