Bicycle repair stations will soon be installed at three locations around town. The project, funded by the Parks and Recreation Commission, is the result of a major increase in bicycling during the pandemic.
Station 1 is to be in front of Town Hall; Station 2 is to be in front of the Boy Scout building at 435 Nantasket Ave., near the Kenberma basketball courts; and Station 3 is to be located across the street from Hull High School at 180 Main St.
These so-called Fixit stations, manufactured by the Dero Co., include all the tools necessary to perform basic bicycle repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat tire to adjusting brakes and derailleurs.
“The tools are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners,” Selectwoman Donna Pursel told The Hull Times after announcing the project at this week’s board meeting. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while adjustments are made.
Pursel initially presented the repair stations proposal to the Parks and Recreation Commission due to the increasing number of cyclists in town. “They agreed to support the project and approved the cost,” she said. “A year ago, I was asking myself what the ‘new normal’ would look like, and never in my wildest dreams did I expect so many people to saddle up and hit the road.”
The commission paid for the repair stations at a cost of $1,200 each. The units are made to withstand the harsh New England weather.
Once they are installed, the three locations will be added to an interactive web-based map that will help bicyclists locate the repair stations.
“A big shout-out to [Selectman] Greg [Grey], and the other Parks and Recreation Commission members] for supporting the project and for the Highway Department for installing them,” Pursel said. “The repair stations will be handy during COVID-19, and the amount of bike traffic in Hull attests to that. More people are getting outside to do various activities, which is a good thing.”