Bike Repair Station At University Encourages Students To Go Green
The University of Virginia provides easy access to tools and an air pump to students on campus.
In order to encourage students and faculty to travel around campus via bicycle, the University of Virginia has installed a Dero Bike Fixit station on campus. Equipped with basic tools (wrenches, screwdrivers) and a hand-operated tire pump, the Fixit station has everything the casual cyclist needs to make minor repairs on the go, for free.
Andrew Greene, sustainability planner in the Office of the Architect at UVA, notes
I realized that students had a high need of simple repairs, such as air to pump up a tire, but because they were not able to get these simple repairs, they were not using their bicycles.
Greene hopes now that students have easy access to the tools, students will use their bicycles more frequently.
UVA is not the only school to have a bike repair station; other schools, including Stanford University and the University of Utah, have similar stations.