VOL. 130 | NO. 5 | Thursday, January 08, 2015
Greenline Bike Repair Stations Open
By Bill Dries
For most bike riders on the Shelby Farms Greenline it’s what might be called the offseason, which makes this the perfect time for the soft opening of four bike repair stations by the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy and Conway Services, which is sponsoring the stations.
Four new bicycle repair stations at Shelby Farms Park feature bike stands and a group of tools attached to the area that can be used for minor repairs.
Conservancy leaders formally open the stations Thursday, Jan. 8.
Cameron Mann, manager of development and communications for the conservancy, said the stations for small repairs to get riders home are the result of feedback the conservancy gets from a lot of citizens who use the park in a variety of ways.
“From the cyclists, a good bit of feedback we got from them was the park is so big and the Greenline is so long that it would be helpful if there were the resources and amenities to fix basic problems with bikes as they happen,” Mann said. “We started looking for a partner that would kind of fit with the ethos of what a bike repair station symbolically represents, which is fixing stuff.”
So the conservancy made a pitch to Conway Services, the Memphis home repair company that is part of the ARS/Rescue Rooter Network, to fund four stations. And the company agreed with a small sticker at each that urges bikers on and includes the Conway phone number and logo.
The first station was installed in early November at the eastern terminus of the Greenline on Mullins Station Road across the road from the conservancy’s offices.
The other three came online last month at the Germantown trail head, the entrance to the Tour de Wolf trail and close to the Wolf River pedestrian bridge.
Two of the four are north of Walnut Grove Road and two are south.
Each includes a stand to put a bike on and a simple but effective way of keeping the basic tools at the station to fix a flat or air up a tire that’s low, tighten any loose screws and adjust seats and handlebars.
“They are attached with metal cabling that’s pretty sturdy,” Mann said, acknowledging that there might be a way for a determined thief to detach them. “Thankfully it hasn’t happened yet. We think the stations are located in areas that are well trafficked enough that I think there will be some self-policing going on.”
The stations are free to use.
The conservancy, which operates the Greenline under contract with the county, has used eco-counters to gauge entrances and exits most frequently used as well as other traffic patterns.
“All of the locations where these repair stations are located are pretty well trafficked. We hope that will help. In the event that a tool or tools are taken, they are fairly easy to replace. We will jump that creek when we get to it,” Mann added. “These are industrial-strength bike repair stations that were designed with the intention of making it fairly difficult to take the tools. They hang suspended from these metal cables on the inside of a cylinder that shields the tools from the elements.”