Unveiling of Downtown Coral Gables' First Bike FixIt Station
Bike Walk Coral Gables (BWCG) unveiled their newest gift to the City of Coral Gables on Sunday, September 18: a bike fixit station. The Dero repair station is located at the corner of Salzedo and Giralda in the Coral Gables Museum plaza and is equipped with all of the tools necessary for a cyclist to preform minor repairs and tune-ups, such as: wrenches, screwdrivers, tire levers, and an attached tire pump. Users can easily scan the QR code on the station with their smart phone to access a variety of tutorials on how to perform bike repairs.
“As a father of two young children, this is exactly what I think Coral Gables should be about and should represent on a daily basis. Bike Walk Coral Gables is an important voice pushing and steering for what we need to do in reference to bike and pedestrian safety,” said Commissioner Vince Lago on Sunday, September 18th at the unveiling of the bike fix-it station.
In partnership with the Coral Gables Museum, Bike Walk Coral Gables offers monthly Gables Bike Tours. These casual bike tours start at 10am every third Sunday of the month at the museum. The addition of the bike fixit station will be an asset for bike tour participants, as BWCG plans to periodically offer live demonstrations.
Bike Walk Coral Gables also plans to film a short video to teach and refresh the community on how to preform basic repairs and maintenance using the tools provided on the fixit station. This video will be shared on social media to educate all cyclists how to use bike fixit stations that are nearest to them.
“We’re so excited about the green that you’re establishing,” shares City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark, after Bike Walk Coral Gables announced their newest future initiative, the Galiano Green, a 2016 Public Space Challenge project. “We walk by and drive by that space all the time, and we never saw in it the potential of it becoming a really special space. We salute you and are there to assist you. We look forward to future projects that you see when we’re not looking.”