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CENTRAL FALLS â€” Central Falls Mayor James Diossa announced the opening of two bicycle â€śfix-itâ€ť stations in the city Thursday afternoon. The fix-it stations, which include all of the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, are located along the on-road cycling route connecting the East Bay Bikeway and Blackstone Bikeway, at the following locations: Chocolateville Overlook (Charles Street) and River Island Park (1425 High St.
"The installation of these fix-it stations are a major step toward promoting an active lifestyle and growing the cycling community in Central Falls, the mayor said. Theyâ€™re designed to be secure while allowing an experienced cyclist an area to do minor repairs without needing to find a local repair shopâ€ť Diossa added. â€śFurthermore, with their placement alongside Cumberland and Pawtucket, the stations are a crucial connection along the Blackstone River Bikeway to help improve the visibility of the Bikeway to the Central Falls community, while improving tourism and quality of life for our residents and visitors.â€ť
The mayor, along with Bob Billington of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and city employees, arrived at the Chocolate Mill Overlook station on bicycles before holding a press conference to call attention to the stations. â€śWe are eager to promote these stations to give cyclists the added security knowing that they can make a simple repair if needed while in the city,â€ť Billington told a small gathering of people.
Diossa added, â€śThe general idea behind these fix-it stations is to encourage more people to ride their bikes and to encourage cyclists to ride through Central Falls.â€ť He hopes initiatives such as installing these stations will help continue positive work on the bike paths of Rhode Island.
Eric Weis, national trail coordinator for the East Coast Greenway Alliance, has even bigger plans. "We're thrilled that Central Falls has installed the first-ever public bike repair stations located directly on the East Coast Greenway," he said. "Long-distance bicyclists will be stopping at the Chocolate Mill Overlook and River Island Park for quick repairs while on tour from Maine to Florida."
Elizabeth Griffin is an intern for The Times and The Call.