You can now ride your bike trouble-free in D.C.
Eight bike repair stations have been assembled around the city, D.C.'s Department of General Services (DGS) announced Wednesday.
The stations, which are free to riders, are equipped with an air pump and eight retractable tools, allowing for quick bike fixes for cyclists in locations that may not be close to many bike shops or may be in neighborhoods that have less of a bike support infrastructure.
The first set of repair stations are located at DGS-owned properties throughout the city:
- Banneker Recreation Center
- Department of Employment Services
- Francis Gregory Library
- Penn Center
- Reeves Center
- Rosedale Recreation Center
- Takoma Aquatic Center
- Tenley Friendship Neighborhood Library
DGS plans to install more stations in the future.
"If people feel like their environment supports their desire to bike, they are more likely to do so; and that's a win for our residents and for the District," DGS Director Christopher Weaver said in a statement.
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More sites are under evaluation and are pending approval for station installation this summer, including the Anacostia Library, the Barry Farms Recreation Center and the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, according to a DGS spokesman. An additional three to five sites also are planned.