Station helps cyclists who need a fix

·2 min read

The Region of Queens Municipality (RQM) recently installed a bike repair station in front of Liverpool’s Visitor Information Centre near the waterfront.

Contained within the station are all the tools needed to make simple bike repairs, including adding air to tires. It also has a bike lift that brings the bike up to eye level for ease of repairs.

RQM intends for this to be the first of many such stations it installs, however Mayor Darlene Norman cautions that the cost for each station has risen recently to the tune of $3,000 each.

“We do plan on adding more units as resources permit. The money came through a grant from the Active Communities fund and because they’ve gone up in price we could only get one unit from them,” said Norman.

Seventy-five per cent of the cost was covered by the Nova Scotia government’s Active Communities Fund, with the rest was paid for by the Municipal Physical Activity Leadership program.

The mayor noted that the station falls within the region’s physical activity strategy, “which is basically to encourage unstructured movement when you can.”

Norman pointed out that during the pandemic there has been a noticeable increase in cycling and that it will help people travelling through or residents that may not have the right tools to fix a problem with their bikes.

She hopes people will use of the station for what it was designed and that the units won’t be subjected to vandalism.

“One can only be hopeful that people will look at it and understand the value it has,” she said.

The region is also asking for feedback from those who use the station. Those wishing to do so can email their comments to mpal@regionofqueens.com or leave a note on the Queens Coast Facebook page.

Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting