Scottsbluff and Gering will have new bicycle repair resources available this spring, thanks to a collaborative community effort and the support of City of Gering Keno Funds and the Oregon Trail Community Foundation.
The Scottsbluff-Gering-Terrytown Active Living Advisory Committee, the Nebraska Bicycling Alliance, and the Western Nebraska Bicycling Club are working with community partners to install four bicycle repair stations in the community.
The stations will be located at Western Nebraska Community College, Sonny’s Bike Shop, and the Y in Scottsbluff, and at Summit Christian College in Gering, which are all accessible by bike path or Tri-City Roadrunner buses equipped with bicycle transport racks.
Each bicycle repair station will include a work stand, a tethered set of bicycle repair tools, and an air pump.
ALAC member Katie Bradshaw said that the availability of bicycle repair tools and the repair clinics will help more people to get out and ride. “There are bicycles stashed in garages that are not being ridden just because a small repair is needed,” Bradshaw said. “The bike repair stations and the repair clinics can help get those hibernating bikes rolling again, and provide people with another option for getting the physical activity they need to stay healthy.”
In addition to the grants from City of Gering Keno Funds and Oregon Trail Community Foundation, funding for the bicycle repair stations is coming from Western Nebraska Bicycling Club, Western Nebraska Community College, and Sonny’s Bike Shop. The Panhandle Public Health District and Nebraska Bicycling Alliance are providing administrative support.
After the stations are installed in the spring, Western Nebraska Bicycling Club members will host repair clinics to teach people how to use the stations to make basic bicycle repairs.