This year, the city just south of Portland is getting a new light rail line and an excellent new bike path extension alongside McLoughlin Boulevard. The co-founders of the group Bike Milwaukie want to add another amenity: a public bike repair stand.
“Over the past four and a half years, we’ve gone on over 50 rides with hundreds of participants, and it’s been a lot of fun,” group co-leader Greg Bartz-Bowman explains in the Kickstarter video above. “The only thing what hasn’t been fun is that when we have that occasional breakdown, there’s nowhere in town to get your bike fixed.”
Though Milwaukie has great access to the Springwater Corridor and Clackamas County Trolley Trail, plus an improving on-street bike network and a bike-friendly city council, the city of 20,000 doesn’t yet have a bike shop of its own. Bartz-Bowman and his collaborator Matt Menely hope the repair stand will make it convenient for bike users in the area to get quick access to a hand pump and a series of tools on retractable cables: Phillips & standard screwdrivers, steel core tire levers, a headset/pedal wrench, an 8/10mm cone wrench, a 9/11mm cone wrench and a Torx T-25 hex key set.
They figure that buying, shipping and installing the stand will cost $2,600. They’ve raised $1,130 so far with 27 days to go. Check out their campaign and chip in if you’d like to help.
Bike repair stands are an increasingly common amenity. Portland’s first public one, installed in 2009, is near Salmon Street Fountain in Waterfront Park, provided by Kerr Bikes. They’re now standard at many large new apartment buildings in Portland; in February we reported that Washington County will be installing five of them on its own land around the west side.