Newington To Put Bike Repair Station In Clem Lemire Skate Park

A bike repair station where cyclists can inflate tires and do basic repairs is coming to the Clem Lemire Skate Park.

Newington will get the repair station at no cost to the town, thanks to the Central Connecticut Health District.

“When we heard about this opportunity, we jumped on it,” Superintendent of Newington Parks and Recreation Bill DeMaio said.

The repair station will have ll the tools for basic repairs such as changing a flat tire and adjusting brakes and derailleurs.

“Installing the bike repair station at the Clem Lemire Skate Park was a perfect idea,” DeMaio said. “The youth ride their bikes to the skate park and often times need bike adjustments or simply air in their tires.”

DeMaio said the $1,340 cost for the repair station is covered by the Central Connecticut Health district, which provides public health services to Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and Wethersfield.

Berlin also received a bike repair station and health district director Charles Brown said the stations are part of the district's work to encourage people to exercise.

"We thought what can we do to support physical education? This is one way to do that," Brown said. "Hartford is one of the cities that already has these stations. They've had good use of them."

The repair station comes as towns across the nation look to become more bike and pedestrian friendly.

“This is just another service the Newington Parks and Recreation can provide its residents free of charge,” DeMaio said.

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