Texas Tech Installs Bicycle Repair Stations

The Fixit Stations were made possible by a grant obtained by the Garrison Institute on Aging.

Fixit Station

Fixit Stations are available across campus, making minor mechanical problems easier to repair.

Texas Tech University bicyclists can now repair their bicycles without leaving campus.

Fixit Stations recently were installed outside seven residence complexes, the Recreation Center, the Student Union Building/University Library and south of the Electrical Engineering Building, said Craig Cotton, transportation demand management supervisor for Texas Tech Transportation and Parking Services.

The Fixit Stations are the first installed on campus, said Clifford Wilkes, a senior writer for the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Garrison Institute on Aging (GIA). Before the stations, Texas Tech had only bicycle racks and air pumps.

Fixit Station tools

These tools can be used to help fix a flat, adjust loose brakes or reset a slipped chain.

“By providing these repair stations, it makes it easier to fix minor mechanical problems, such as patching a flat tire, adjusting loose brakes or resetting a slipped chain,” Wilkes said. “This, in turn, encourages students, faculty and staff to participate in more physical activity through active transportation.”

Wilkes said the stations, which are manufactured by Dero Bike Rack Co., were funded by a grant obtained by GIA from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The repair station, Wilkes said, is a free-standing unit that provides tools and an air pump to help repair mechanical problems on bicycles. The tools and air pump are attached to the unit by stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners, and a hanger allows the bicycle pedals and wheels to spin freely while repairs are made, according to the Dero website. The stand also offers QR codes the bicyclist can scan with their phone to receive detailed repair instructions.

Wilkes said the idea of the need of the Fixit Stations was from the Lubbock Bike Coalition and the Texas Tech Bicycle Coordinating Committee, which is a collaboration between GIA, Cotton and other individuals across Texas Tech.

“One of the strategic decisions in the grant is to increase opportunities for physical activity and access to facilities that promote community design standards that make streets safer for all users,” Wilkes said. “One focus in that area, for the institute, revolves around trying to promote more active transportation and making Lubbock more bicycle friendly.”

Texas Tech was named a bicycle friendly university by the League of American Bicyclists for the first time in November 2013.

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