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Bicycle repair stations installed at IUPUI


INDIANAPOLIS – Thanks to a Greening IUPUI grant and an IUPUI student group focused on bicycle initiatives, three do-it-yourself bicycle repair stations have been installed at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, enabling campus and community cyclists to do quick repairs anytime and be on their way.

The stations are at:

-          The School of Public and Environmental Affairs breezeway, south end.

-          The Campus Center, by the bike racks at the south side of the building.

-          The east side of Hine Hall.

Steve Godanis, outgoing president of the IUPUI Student Sustainability Council, decided to pursue installation of bicycle repair stations at IUPUI after seeing stations at Indiana University Bloomington. The project was a perfect fit for the council, which had already adopted “The Year of the Bike” as its 2012-13 theme. Godanis applied for the Greening IUPUI grant, which paid for the purchase and installation of the stations.

The Student Sustainability Council was established to make a positive impact on IUPUI by helping the campus become more sustainable. It serves as the voice for sustainability- focused students and facilitates sustainability-driven goals on campus.

“The hope of the Student Sustainability Council is that faculty, staff and students will be inspired to ride their bikes and use the stations,” Godanis said.

The stations include all the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. The tools and an air pump are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners.

Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments. For help with repairs, riders can use the QR code on the front of the station to view detailed instructions on a smartphone. Bicyclists can perform most standard maintenance and repairs, including tightening fittings, replacing chains and fixing a flat tire.

 “The bike stations are a great addition and help make IUPUI a more bike-friendly campus,” said Rich Strong, co-chair of the Sustainability Transportation Committee. “Several initiatives of the Sustainability Transportation Committee relate to bicycles and complement the Master Plan for the campus. I am excited that this project is one of the first visible signs being implemented to enhance the bicycling infrastructure on campus. I believe that with the interest shown for cycling and the increased numbers of bicycling commuters, these stations will be very popular.”