Of course, we are all familiar with bike racks for parking your bike and locking it up — they are in just about every city. But have you heard of or seen bike repair racks before? These are public racks with most of the tools you would need to fix a broken bike. Here’s more from Rhonda Winter of our former site, now renamed ExpertSure.
While walking around the arts district in Asheville, North Carolina last week, I encountered a most ingenious piece of sustainable transportation infrastructure: a free public bicycle repair rack. In the past I have seen public bike air pumps before in other cities, but never one that was also integrated into a rack for hanging your bicycle, along with several accessible commonly used bike maintenance tools.
The sturdy metal rack is designed so that your bike can hang off the ground by its seat post to make basic bicycle repairs and adjustments with much less difficulty. Creating this type of smart transportation infrastructure illustrates just what sort of progressive municipality the city of Asheville is.