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The land you see is ours. When the cyclelane was built we thought it would be nice if people could have somewhere to sit and perform basic bike repairs.
First idea was to use a random old bench and bike-pump on a chain. I did ask the community for subsidy though, and they ended up paying for nice materials! :-)
After levelling the ground I installed the equipment, planted hedges (takes some years to become visible) and now people use it every day :-)
@Pepijn This is lovely. I first encountered a public air supply when cycling in Sweden. They didn’t have them back in the 90s when I lived in DK.
@continuation There's still not that many here. They're wither one-offs like mine, or communities who have a bunch along a specific route (Copenhagen and Vejle are the two I know).
And maybe that's fine as not everything has to be a perfect system. It would be nice to have that Dutch style cycling node network (knooppunt netwerk) in place. I'm now considering creating a demo of a veeery basic version just for or area https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbered-node_cycle_network
The one improvement I would suggest for any newly setup system:
Please have nation-wide system or make sure the municipalities/provinces overlap/cooperate on the numbering and map-interconnecting.
Moving from one province to another on the network is still a bit confusing in NL.
@Pepijn That is great. I have a small park near me that has a set of bike tools for public use. Each tool is secured on a retracting cable and attached on the other end to a post in in the ground.
@Pepijn That is so awesome. Truly amazing that you did this and maintain this service. Now I will almost certainly never use this personally but I still want to say, thanks! 😉
@Pepijn @mastobikes It's very nice of you. On the outskirts of my city, somebody did something similar. The bike trail passes behind their house. They have a bike shop in a separate garage, but they have a free area with picnic tables, and there's a water tap right on the side of the trail.
I'll try to remember to take pictures and share them when I'll go back that way!
@xriss @Pepijn @mastobikes found the toot. unfortunately it's in German only: https://social.tchncs.de/@Strubbl/108171596674759134
Great, in our district, Rems-Murr-Kreis (https://www.adfc-bw.de/rems-murr/service/radservice-saeulen-im-rems-murr-kreis/ ), we have more than 50 stations in place.
@Pepijn I think it is maintained by ADFC (national cyclists club), but public institutions on multiple levels do the funding.
Here is the full story of those bicycle service pillars in form of an interview [German]:
@buwel It is, but not perfectly so. Access, opening hours and costs are missing. See this discussion https://mastodon.online/web/@Pepijn/108247385243366804
@buwel Super! Yes, it is actually possible to cycle to Legoland (or LEGO offices ;-)) without having to leave the bicycle infrastructure. About six km.
@gdr No vandalism ever (yet..?). Otherwise it has been there for a year now and looks as new.
Only maintenance I've done is lubricate the pump seals (prolongs life) and the tools/metal chains (slows corrosion). 'bout five minutes every two months.
I took the pump and tools away between December and February as I figured they wouldn't get any use in that period. Will probably keep doing that as it will massively prolong the life (and takes maybe 15 minutes to do).
@kgerloff I think it's because I'm trying to construct the world I want to be in, and there it really helps that Danish society seems to be set up to facilitate citizens when they take ownership of something.*
On the cyclelane itself: it's actually a busy road as in summer all the German and Dutch tourists use it to drive to Legoland.
*and is rich enough to do so.. ;-)
@Pepijn Here in Germany, they´d probably tear down the repair station because it lacks a permit by some authority nobody´s ever heard of.
(Perhaps I´m being overly pessimistic. I hope I am.)
@kgerloff well, here in Denmark I did have to get a building permit for the foundation, an access to land permit and a "can 4x5 meter of woodland be converted into infrastructure" land use chance permit.
Took three months and an hour of work (45min of those to make a professional looking overview map in MS Paint on a laptop with a touchpad) :-D
I just recently got involved with my city's cycling advocacy group, and we were just talking about public repair stands. A few years ago our city put one in a park near the province's big trail system, but without a maintenance plan. It was badly vandalized and eventually taken down, and now the city is reluctant to spend money on it again.
Your stand looks pretty robust, though. Is it a commercial product?
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