Nova Scotia

Halifax to set up bicycle repair stations

Cyclists in Halifax Regional Municipality who need air in their tires or a nut tightened will soon have a chance to do it during their commute.

Cyclists will be able to fix their bikes at three ferry terminals

Cyclists in Halifax Regional Municipality who need air in their tires or a nut tightened will soon have a chance to do it during their commute.

The city plans to set up three repair stations that will contain a tire pump and various tools attached to a post.

"There would be one at each of our ferry terminals," said Dave McCusker, a transportation planner with the city. "If they get well used or quite popular, we could look at installing them elsewhere throughout the network."

A similar repair station already exists on Dalhousie University's main campus.

"You’ve got pretty much the basics there to fix your tube on your tire, to take off the wheel, to change your gears and even tighten your brakes," said Rochelle Owen, the director of the office of sustainability at Dalhousie.

The university also plans to add three more station. Each one costs about $1,500.

The stations are common in many European cities.