A-1 Builders obviously believes in giving back to the community. they have recently built a covered community kiosk with a public bike repair station by the sidewalk outside their office at 3310 Northwest Ave.
The 12-by-12-foot concrete slab forming the base of the kiosk is decorated with old bicycle parts — gears, tire rims, parts of a bicycle chain, all embedded in the concrete, accompanied by leaf plants that resemble fossils.
The walls of the kiosk are covered with plastic covered maps featuring local bike routes, trails, parks, and bus routes as well as a bulletin board for community notices. The outside back wall has covered shelves for a small community lending library.
Inside the kiosk is a vertical metal stand to hold a bike while it’s being repaired or tuned up. Tools hang from the stand, fastened to long cables to prevent theft. There are two bicycle repair how-to books, and bikers with smartphones can scan a code to get to a website with how-to videos about basic bike repairs
The kiosk has a motion detector to turn on lights for nighttime repairs and for public safety.
The total cost was about $16,000, much of which was covered by local donations of money, materials and labor.
More fix-it stations on the way.
Downtown Bellingham will soon have, a bicycle repair station with tools as well as a foot-powered air pump when 18 bicycle parking spaces are installed later this year at the main bus terminal
Three bicycle repair stations with air pumps will be arriving a few weeks at Western Washington University.
image courtesy of flickr.com by Flowizm …