NEWINGTON - With the trend across the country of trying to make towns and cities more bike and pedestrian friendly, bikers in town recently got a new toy to fix their own two-wheeled toys while out on the road.
The Newington Parks and Recreation Department recently installed a bike repair and pump station, which came by way of a donation from the Central Connecticut Health District. The station, installed at Clem Lemire Skate Park, off Balducci Way, is valued at approximately $1,340 and came at no cost to the town.
“We wanted to give a tangible piece of equipment to let people know these communities are forward thinking in how they’re planning activities for their residents,” Charles Brown, executive director of the Central Connecticut Health District, said Wednesday.
Brown said the donation was part of an effort the CCHD has been making with town planners and part of the Capitol Region Council of Governments to provide more Complete Streets, which provide use for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders.
“When we heard about this opportunity, we jumped on it,” Bill DeMaio, superintendent of Newington parks and recreation, said in a press release. “Installing the bike repair station at the Clem Lemire Skate Park was a perfect idea. The youth ride their bikes to the skate park and oftentimes need bike adjustments or simply air in their tires. This piece of equipment is already being used by the bikers.”
The station includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs, the release stated. Brown said some have been installed in Hartford with success, and that discussions have begun on installing a bike share system in the capital city as a way to provide more active transportation methods for residents.
The repair station is one of four that were given to Berlin, Newington and Rocky Hill, the other towns the CCHD serves. The CCHD paid for them with funds left over in a block grant. The funds were going to be used to host forums but the CCHD decided to install the stations instead, Brown said.
“This is just another service the Newington Parks and Recreation Department can provide its residents free of charge” said DeMaio.
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