Bike Fix-It Stations Installed on Campus
ASI Partners With University Parking and Transportation to Keep Bikes Road Worthy
Nov. 6, 2012
It's green, it's low cost and now, if a problem develops, it's easy to fix.
Bicycle riders who ride to campus and find that they have a flat tire or a loose screw, can now solve the problem right on campus — by using recently installed Fix-It Stations, compact, free-standing units located by the bicycle racks near the Student Recreation Center and the Titan Student Union.
The stations were installed through a collaborative effort of Associated Students Inc.'s Student Centers Board and Parking and Transportation. Three additional stations are being ordered, including one for the CSUF Irvine Campus.
So far, they have been embraced by bicyclists.
The units, manufactured by Dero, a maker of commercial bike racks, feature self-service tire pumps and bike repair tools to assist with on-campus repair needs. Smartphone users can access online bike repair instructions using QR codes posted at each station. Bicycle patch kits are available for a small fee at the student union and rec center.
"The idea for the units first came to Yvette Loaeza, chair of the ASI Board of Directors, who saw similar equipment at another campus," said Kurt Borsting, director of the Titan Student Union. "Learning that the Parking and Transportation Department was considering the same idea and wanted to partner with ASI helped move the concept along quickly."
"I was visiting UCLA with a couple of friends, and as we walked around the campus, I noticed their bike fix-it stations," said Loaeza, a bike rider and criminal justice major. "They seemed like a great idea, so I took pictures of them" and shared them with Borsting.
Ginny Cheung, a theatre arts/political science major who is also chair of the Titan Student Centers Governing Board, agreed. The issue was brought up during a retreat and after research was done, the organization decided to purchase three stations. "I have generally heard good feedback from students. ... Most of them have said they are excited about this new service that students can take advantage of with their mode of transportation."
"The stations are part of an effort to continuously improve bicycle conditions on campus," said Benjamin A. Price, transportation programs analyst. "The University Bicycle Committee had been considering a project like this for quite some time. When we learned ASI was interested, we saw it as a great opportunity to create synergy around an important need.
"Our free monthly bicycle checkups are very popular," noted Price, who added that there is also a commuter rewards program for faculty/staff bicyclists and an upcoming online and on-bike bicycle safety course. "So providing another free way the campus community can improve personal cycling safety is a great thing."
"I believe that once word-of-mouth spreads about the fix-it stations and when we promote it more to the students, it will definitely be a beneficial service that we are providing to the campus," said Cheung.
By: Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852