Buzz: DIY Bike Service Stations

March 2, 2016

Do-It-Yourself Bike Repair Stations

Photo at right: Avid bicycle commuter and managing librarian for Mobile Services for King County Library System, Bruce Greeley, uses a DIY Bike Service Station. Photo by Marsha Iverson

 

Now Greater Seattle cyclists have an even better reason to bike — and visit local libraries. To better promote its mission, which is to encourage eco-friendly travel, the King County Library System has installed Do-It-Yourself bicycle repair stations outside nine branches and one at the KCLS Service Center in Issaquah.

Each station is free to use and includes tools for basic bike repairs and maintenance such as an air pump for adding air to tires or fixing a flat. The stations also have a hanging arm that allows the bike wheels to spin freely during more complex repairs like adjusting brakes and derailleurs. Smartphone users can link to free online repair instructions by scanning the handy QR (Quick Response) code on the front of each station.

The locations are Bellevue, Bothell, Burien, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Newcastle, Redmond, and Renton. For more information and a map of library locations, visit kcls.org/usingthelibrary/locations