Downtown Henderson to get bike racks, bike repair station

Oct. 14—HENDERSON — Cyclists will soon have a big helping hand to maintain their bikes and keep them safe when touring downtown Henderson.

At the intersection of Breckenridge and Wyche streets, they will find a work station that contains tools and other items they can use to make repairs to their bicycles or other wheeled devices. In other downtown locations, they will see five bike racks.

The work stand and bike racks are part of the Bike Amenities Initiative program offered by the North Carolina Division of Public Health. The Henderson government received money for them after submitting a joint grant application with the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments.

The workstation is a self-service repair station and meets Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. It is designed to support a community’s efforts to promote physical activity as well as to facilitate transportation.

Kenia Gomez-Jimenez, coordinator of Safe Routes to School for Kerr-Tar COG, said Henderson needed to show her commitment to supporting active routes such as bike paths and multi-use trails that can be used to reach everyday destinations to get away from it all. qualify for the grant. .

These can include schools, workplaces, libraries, parks, grocery stores, pharmacies and essential services, she said, adding that priority was given to cities with historically marginalized populations. .

Kerr-Tar COG and Henderson met the September 2 application deadline and were notified in mid-September that the city would receive an award.

Gomez-Jimenez said she’s thrilled that Henderson is making progress in providing transportation for its citizens and making it accessible to those who need it most, especially if they rely on bicycles to get around.

Downtown Development Coordinator Tracy Madigan said she recommends that the repair station and one bike rack be placed at the intersection of Breckenridge and Wyche streets, and that the other bike racks be located at strategic points in the city center.

The placement will be coordinated with the police and fire department, she added.

The deadline for installing the new stuff is December 9, but Gomez-Jimenez said she thinks the installation will be complete “by the end of this month or early November.”