Bike Repair Station Installed on MA&PA Trail
Unique public-private partnership creates enhancement for trail users
July 10, 2017, Bel Air, MD: A bicycle repair station was installed along the MA & PA Heritage Trail at Annie’s Playground in Fallston today. The station consists of a bike stand, a variety of repair tools and an air pump, so that cyclists can perform basic bike repairs and maintenance while on the trail. The station is for use free-of-charge during normal trail operating hours.
The cost of purchasing the repair station was shared by the MA&PA Heritage Trail Inc., and The Bike Shop of Bel Air. The county Department of Parks and Recreation covered the cost of installation.
“We are always looking for ways to enhance the experience for trail users,” said Phil Hosmer, President of the MA & PA Heritage Trail Inc. “This bike station is in an ideal location, especially when the trail connection project is completed and Annie’s Playground will serve as the starting point or turn-around point for many cyclists.”
The DERO Bike Fix-It station provides screwdrivers, Allen wrenches and box wrenches so that cyclists can change a flat tire, adjust brakes and derailleurs and put air in tires. The stations are becoming increasingly popular on rail-trails across the country. The Fallston location represents the fourth DERO location in the state of Maryland.
“As the longest-serving bike store operating in Harford County, we are committed to supporting cycling in the community,” said Missie Wakefield, owner of Bike Shop of Bel Air. “We are proud to be part of this project to provide an important resource to the cyclists on the MA&PA Trail.”
“We are proud to support this new bike repair station, which will improve the experience for cyclists who come from Harford County and beyond to enjoy the MA & PA Heritage Trail,” County Executive Barry Glassman said. “This improvement, along with our trail connection planned by the spring of 2020, will help create one of the finest rail-trails in the state.”