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John Abbott College bicycle repair station open to all cyclists


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Bicyclists in need on an emergency repair along the bicycle path on Lakeshore Boulevard in Ste. Anne de Bellevue can now use an outdoor bike repair station located near the John Abbott College northern campus.

Bicyclists in need on an emergency repair along the bicycle path in Ste. Anne de Bellevue on Lakeshore Boulevard can now use an outdoor bike repair station located near the John Abbott College northern campus. The station, which was initiated by John Abbott College, is easily accessible for anyone needing a quick adjustment to their bikes and features an integrated air pump as well as all-purpose tools secured by reinforced steel cabling. Information on how to use the repair station can be accessed with a smart phone by scanning the Quick Response (QR) code located on the stand.

Debbie Cribb, the college’s Communications Officer, said the station was made possible through a $3,000 contribution from the City of Ste. Anne to promote environmentally friendly forms of transportation and was installed late last fall. “We didn’t draw attention to it at the time because the weather quickly turned cold,” Cribb told Your Local Journal.

“Now that the weather is warmer we can see it again. We’re looking to encourage people to use their bikes as much as possible, whether it’s coming to school, to work or leaving their bikes there to use the public transit stations.” Cribb also thanked the city for their financial contribution. “It was more than generous and we certainly appreciate it,” she said.

“In fact the project came in a lit bit under budget. We work with them on a lot of different projects as well.” District 2 Councillor Ryan Young who sits on the city’ environment committee said the contribution was in line with its Moving Towards Sustainability fund, which is geared to help community groups and organizations promote green initiatives.

“The fund is there to support plans that community groups or any entity propose to help achieve the goals of the plan,” said Young.

“This project is going to make a non-polluting type of transport more accessible in the community and for people who bike through the city. The great thing about it is that it’s open to the public. “It’s part of a larger initiative promoting active transportation and being more sensitive to the environment,” Young added.

“We want to assist and educate people of all ages, whether its staff, students or the community in terms of what can be done to limit our impact on the environment. This is one of those steps.

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