Do-it-yourself bike repair
Bicyclists in Champaign-Urbana can tend to minor bike repairs at six repair stations throughout the twin cities, including three sites on campus.
Blue steel racks, with an assortment of tools tethered by steel cables, are part of a joint project among the UI, the cities of Champaign and Urbana, and the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District. The racks may be the first of their kind in Illinois, designed to increase bicycle ridership, encourage a healthy lifestyle and increase mobility.
The stands are designed to hold a bike by its seat in an elevated position, while the cyclist works on it with the screwdrivers, assorted wrenches and tire lever attached to the rack. The rack also features a bike pump that works with multiple valves.
The racks are located on campus at city parking lot J, 605 S. Sixth St., and the Bike Project, 608 E. Pennsylvania Ave., both in Champaign, and at the Henry Administration Building parking lot, 506 S. Wright St., Urbana.
Increasing bike traffic cuts motorist congestion and reduces parking demands.