Getting a flat bike tire in Miami Beach doesn’t mean a long walk home anymore.
Miami Beach is rolling out a new program to install bike repair stations across the city, should bicyclists need to conduct emergency maintenance on the go. Bicyclists who get stuck on the road will be able to use the stations — equipped with wrenches, screwdrivers, tire levers and air pumps — to make any repairs once they are installed in various locations across Miami Beach.
“The new repair station is the latest bike initiative put forth to create a safer and stronger community for our bike enthusiasts,” Miami Beach Commissioner Ricky Arriola said in a statement.
The tools at the stations will be attached with aircraft cables to prevent them from being stolen, and the stations will have hangar arms to let wheels and pedals spin freely during repairs. The stations will also have step-by-step repair instructions and scannable codes that link to troubleshooting tutorials for specific bike problems.
The city has already installed first of these stations at 11th Street and Washington Avenue near the Miami Beach Police Station, and is considering stations in Ocean Terrace, Bandshell Park and North Shore Park & Youth Center. The city expects to install a second in North Beach sometime next month.
Similar stations have also been installed beneath the Metrorail in South Miami, outside Panther Coffee’s Wynwood location and in Coconut Grove, funded by a Miami Foundation grant.