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IUPUI gets bicycle repair stations

July 9, 2013

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 IUPUI, enabling campus cyclists or even cyclists in the community to do quick repairs anytime and be on their way.

The stations are located at:

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

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

-       The east side of Hine Hall.

Steve Godanis stands next to one of the next bike repair stations.

Steve Godanis stands next to one of the next bike repair stations.

Steve Godanis, outgoing president of the IUPUI Student Sustainability Council, decided to pursue installation of bicycle repair stations at IUPUI after seeing stations that had already been installed 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 student 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 quick read code on the front of the station to view detailed instructions on a smart phone. Bicyclists can perform most standard maintenance and repairs, including tightening fittings, replacing chains and fix 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 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."

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