Three of the four stations were put in last week. The Dero Fixit stations include tools and an air pump.

STAFF PHOTO: MARK MILLER - A Dero Fixit service station stands alongside a sheltered bike rack on College Way in downtown Forest Grove.Forest Grove has a new feature at three biking hotspots in town.

Last week, workers installed bicycle repair stations in Thatcher Park, at the corner of College Way and Pacific Avenue, and at the B Street trailhead in Forest Grove.

The fixtures are Dero Fixit service stations, easily identifiable by their cylindrical shape and the twin hanger arms on top of them. They contain various bicycle repair tools for making minor fixes and adjustments, as well as an air pump to inflate low tires.

"We're really looking at a lot more bicycle tourism, and we felt that if we … work on things that will make the city more bike-friendly, that that will bring more bike tourism to our city," said Brandi Walstead, the city's program coordinator.

Forest Grove already has a number of "bike-friendly businesses," like popular downtown cafe Maggie's Buns, which has a prominent bicycle rack out in front of its colorful storefront, Walstead noted. The city is working with those businesses already, she said, but officials decided they wanted Forest Grove to offer some public amenities of its own for bicyclists.

"We want to make sure that we're doing our part to help them keep moving," Walstead said.

Forest Grove is the westernmost city within Portland's urban growth boundary, and in a vision statement that has been adopted by the Forest Grove City Council, it identifies itself as "a destination that offers visitors and residents a centrally located gateway to forests, waterways, beaches, and mountains." Bicycle tourism is part of that outdoor recreation focus.

The purchase and installation of the stations is entirely grant-funded, according to Walstead. The Oregon Community Foundation provided the city with a $4,500 grant for the project that was announced in January.

A fourth bike repair station has yet to be installed. It will be put in at the Fernhill Wetlands at Forest Grove's south end.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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