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Southern Brooklyn cyclists can now fix their two-wheeled transportation at the Mill Basin Public Library’s new bike repair station. The first-of-its-kind facility, which officially opened on May 13, features all the tools that make-shift mechanics need, as well as classes on cycling safety, according to one library rep.
“Libraries have always been a place to turn for information and assistance so we are delighted to present this new repair station along with educational workshops and programs on bike safety and tips for commuting,” said Nick Higgins.
The library, which is inaccessible by bike lanes, will provide cyclists with air pumps, hanger arms, screwdrivers, wrenches, and tire levers.
Local community leaders hope the free-of-charge repair station will help promote transportation alternatives, according to the head of one organization which specializes in improving quality of life in the city.
“This innovative project by Mill Basin Library is fostering a sustainable culture in Southern Brooklyn by encouraging cycling and preventing used bikes from ending up in landfills,” said Peter H. Kostmayer of Citizens Committee for New York City.
City Councilman Alan Masiel (D–Mill Basin) said he hoped the program would serve as a model for similar efforts in Kings County and beyond.
“In this era of alternative and eco-friendly modes of transportation this is a program that hopefully will expand to other areas of the city,” he said.
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