Downtown bicyclists rejoice: An anonymous donor paid for a free public bicycle repair station that was installed on the southwest corner of Topeka and Douglas Tuesday.
It’s called a Fixit Station and sits on the sidewalk in front of the Kansas Leadership Center.
This is the first Fixit Station in Wichita. Emporia and Manhattan each have three stations, and Lawrence and Shawnee have one each.
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The stations cost around $1,000 to $1,300 and provide tools for basic bike repairs and maintenance, including an air pump, various sized Allen wrenches and box wrenches and hanger arms that allow users to hang bikes while adjusting pedals and wheels.
The tools are all attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners, but are available free at any time.
The anonymous donor gave Wichita’s Fixit Station to the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, which will maintain it. The Kansas Leadership Center paid to install the station after the city approved its location.