Oak Park is already recognized as a bicycle-friendly community, but it just got friendlier thanks to four new stations equipped with everything needed to easily make simple bike repairs on the go.
Construction crews recently put the finishing touches on the new bike shelters near the CTA Blue and Green lines. Each new shelter houses a Fixit station, which includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs.
An air pump and an assortment of tools are securely attached to each stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners.
Among the tools available are Philips and flat head screwdrivers, Allen wrenches, a headset wrench, a pedal wrench, box wrenches and tire levers.
Another feature of the Fixit stations is sure to appeal to frequent riders — the ability to hang a bike from arms that allow pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments.
Fixit stations can be found near the Blue line by the intersections of Harrison Street and Euclid Avenue, Oak Park Avenue and Garfield Street and Harrison Street and East Avenue. A fourth station is near the Green Line at the intersection of Forest Avenue and North Boulevard.
In addition to providing an easy way to tune up a bike on the go, the new bike shelters also created nearly 100 new bike parking spots, bringing the total spaces to park a bicycle in Oak Park to more than 1,900.
The bike shelter at the corner of Forest Avenue and North Boulevard also is a first for Oak Park. Designed to preserve limited sidewalk space, the shelter incorporates a semi-vertical rack that secures bicycles in an upright position, literally standing on their back wheels.
For more information on bicycling in Oak Park, including a map of bike rack locations in the Village, visit www.oak-park.us/bicycling.
Bicycling in Oak Park — By the numbers
- 1,915 bicycle parking spots
- 13 Divvy bicycle sharing stations
- 9 covered bike shelters
- 4.8 miles of shared bike lanes
- 4 Fixit stations
- 3 miles of dedicated bike lanes