Monday, 19 March 2018

Alliance puts wheels in motion for Bicycle Repair Stations across the Borough

Ards and North Down Alliance Councillor Deborah Girvan and I have put the wheels in motion towards a more Bicycle friendly Borough after securing unanimous support of a Council Committee to consider roll out of Bicycle Repair Stations at key locations across the Borough.

CS Lewis Square Bicycle Repair Station

CS Lewis Square Bicycle Repair Station
A Bicycle Repair Station was recently introduced at CS Lewis Square in East Belfast (see above). Free and publically accessible the bike repair facility comprises a bicycle pump unit and a unit containing a range of eight retractable tools to provide cyclists with a free facility to make adjustments and repairs on the spot. 

Proposal from Deborah and I that officers bring back a report on possible installation of similar stations at key locations in the Ards and North Down Borough was agreed at Community and Wellbeing Committee Wednesday 14 March 2018. Decision now awaits formal ratification by full Council on Wednesday 28 March 2018.

After seeing the Bicycle Repair Station at CS Lewis Square I immediately took a few photos and contacted relevant bodies to establish the background.  Priced at approximately £2,600, the Bicycle Repair Station was introduced as part of the Connswater Greenway and CS Lewis Square works and received 60% grant funding. Managed on a day to day basis by Belfast City Council it has proven a very popular facility helping to facilitate more sustainable and healthy travel by bicycle

CS Lewis Square Bicycle Repair Station
With cycling on the increase and current routes across the Borough such as the Ards Peninsula and the Comber Greenway enjoying great levels of patronage I am delighted to receive support for this proposal. Every single step we take to encourage cycling and improve safety moves us up a gear towards a more Bicycle friendly Borough.

Alderman Deborah Girvan stated “Cycling is a very popular sport. Over the past few years I have noticed a substantial increase in the number of people, including cycling clubs, using our roads to explore the Borough. Bicycle Repair Stations would be a welcome facility to assist cyclists if they get a puncture or need to make minor repairs during their journey.

Motion passed “That this Council asks that officers bring back a report on possible installation of free and publicly accessible Bicycle Repair Stations at key locations in our Borough following introduction of similar at CS Lewis Square, Belfast comprising of a bicycle pump unit and a unit containing a range of retractable tools to provide cyclists with a free facility to make adjustments and repairs on the spot.”