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In a fix? Repair stations help cyclists back on the road

Cyclists who need to fix their bikes on the go can now make use of one of nine new repair stations, each equipped with basic tools and a pump.

Portsmouth City Council have installed the stands this week in key locations, enabling cyclists, wheelchair and pram users, to finely tune, inflate tyres and make repairs.

The stations have been installed to support the council’s commitment towards a cleaner, greener and safer Portsmouth by increasing active travel options for people who live, work and visit the city.

Each station is equipped with a variety of tools plus an air pump and a set of guidance for usage. Tools include a Phillips screwdriver, flat screwdriver, T25 Torx – screwdriver, adjustable spanner, flat wrench 8×10 mm, flat wrench 13×15 mm, hex key set, tyre levers (plastic with steel core).

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said “These repair stations are a welcome addition to the measures we are taking to encourage people to build cycling and walking into their daily lives, both for commuting and recreation.

“I would like to thank the ward councillors who have provided funding for these repair stations. This will make a huge difference to people who need to access general bike, wheelchair or pram maintenance on the go or might be caught out in unavoidable situations, like a flat tyre or loose part. We will keep talking to ward councillors in other areas to see if further locations can be identified in the future.”

Repair stands can be found in the following locations:

  • Eastern Road cycle path (opp Sword Sands Road)
  • Fratton Bridge
  • Hampshire Terrace (near Mercantile House)
  • Broad Street (near The Point)
  • Devonshire Square
  • Albert Road (near Victoria Road South junction)
  • Clarence Esplanade (near Clarence Pier)
  • South Parade (opp Kirkstall Road)
  • Eastney Esplanade/Henderson Road (near Eastney Swimming baths)

Approval for the stations was given by councillors in December 2019. Installation due to begin in the spring was unfortunately delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown. The project has been funded through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Users of the stations are reminded to wash their hands before and after use or use hand sanitiser, and maintain a social distance of 2 metres from other users to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.