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Commute Seattle installs public bike work station and pump downtown

Image from Commute Seattle.
Image from Commute Seattle.

Get a flat? Brakes too loose? Need to tighten that rattling fender bolt that drove you absolutely bonkers the whole way to work?

The good folks at Commute Seattle have got you covered. In partnership with the Metropolitan Improvement District, they recently installed a public work station at the McGraw Square covered bike parking (5th and Stewart).

Similar to work stations installed on the UW campus in 2011, the Sportworks design will get a real endurance test in downtown Seattle. It includes bolted-down bike pump (way better than struggling with those mini pumps that fit in your bag), common bike tools attached by cables and a stand that can hold most bikes to make it more comfortable to make adjustments. Now, if it only included a permanent bike mechanic…

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Details from Commute Seattle:

The Downtown Seattle Association (DSA), Metropolitan Improvement District (MID), and Commute Seattle have installed a permanent public bike maintenance stand in Downtown Seattle’s McGraw Square. The ‘Fixtation’ stand made by Sportworks will provide people bicycling with a free public space to inflate tires, fix flats, and make other minor repairs and adjustments.

The bike stand has been installed underneath the covered bicycle parking adjacent to the South Lake Union streetcar terminus. Eight common bicycle tools such as tire levers, wrenches, and hex keys are permanently secured to the stand via aircraft-grade cables. The rugged design is built to withstand the elements, misuse, and vandalism. The design will prohibit bicycles from locking to the stand, ensuring availability for all users.

Bicycle commuting in Downtown Seattle is up 18 percent since 2010, with 6,500 Downtown commuters now choosing to bicycle each weekday. Installing this bike stand will remove the uncertainty associated with unplanned repairs or flat tires, enabling more people to feel comfortable bicycling Downtown, whether for commuting, shopping, or recreation.

“Bicycling is an efficient and healthy way to access our growing Downtown,” said Downtown Seattle Association President and CEO Kate Joncas. “Installing this stand in McGraw Square is another way we can show that Downtown strongly supports bicycling.”

“We are really excited that bicycle commuters will no longer have to endure an underinflated tire or a loose seat post,” said Commute Seattle Executive Director Jessica Szelag. “Thanks to the support of DSA, MID, and Sportworks, these minor repairs can now be made for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week in McGraw Square.”

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6 responses to “Commute Seattle installs public bike work station and pump downtown”

  1. Gary

    Hate to complain but generally I can’t skip carrying a pump to wait until I’m downtown.

  2. Jane

    With the advent of micro housing it would be nice to see a couple of these every few blocks in denser areas of the city, for both incidental repairs while out and a build/repair spot for those without room to do so in their apodments.

  3. Jessica

    cool, good idea. I know the locations of several available-to-borrow pumps on my daily commute (at bike shops) but didn’t know of any downtown.

    1. Dave

      Other great downtown locations are the public library as there is a covered area on 5th and at the publicly-accessible covered bike parking at the Municipal Tower at 6th and Cherry.

  4. Jeff Dubrule

    *LIKE* :-) There are several of these sorts of stations around UW, and some of the MS bike-cages have ’em, but having one so centrally located is awesome, especially in easy reach of the light-rail/bus/streetcar, which you might have ended up on if you broke down, somewhere.

    For me, I don’t carry a pump daily, but my commute, and most of my other rides, are along transit lines, and I have to mess up my bike pretty badly if it won’t go on a bus and get me the rest of the way to where I was going, or back home.

  5. Allan

    I love to see things like this. I am sure a lot of people would like to maintain their bike there instead of in the living room.

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