Bike repair stations installed along Hervey Bay paths
CYCLISTS can now carry out running repairs on their bikes thanks to three new bike repair stations installed in Hervey Bay by Fraser Coast Regional Council.
The stations are located at Seafront Oval, Pier Park and the links corridor in Urraween with a fourth to be installed at the Halcro Street Community Garden when it's completed.
Councillor for community George Seymour said the Fraser Coast had a thriving cycling community and the repair stations had been a huge hit.
"The stations have been located in areas that receive a lot of cycling traffic," he said.
"They each include five different tools that are essential to cyclists including a shifting spanner, Allen keys, a pump and a wheel nut spanner.
"These tools will enable most cyclists to complete any minor repairs on the run and continue riding."
The tools can also be used by skateboard and scooter riders who frequent the paths.
The results of the council's 2013 Cycling Participation and Perception Survey found an overall increase in cycling activity on the Fraser Coast in the past year.
"The survey found more than 18,000 residents, or around 20% of the Fraser Coast population, rode their bike at least once a week," Cr Seymour said.
"This is up from 17% from the 2012 survey.
"It's no surprise really given the first class cycling facilities that we enjoy here on the Fraser Coast.
"With the world's most famous cycling race - the Tour de France - underway and on our TV screens at the moment it's encouraging more people to get back on their bikes.
"It's a great way to socialise and keep fit and almost anyone can do it."
The stations are another initiative of the council's Live Life Healthy Program which is funded through the Federal Government's Department of Health and Ageing.