Cyclists needing repairs may fix their rides for free at the MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) Station at EDSA corner Timog Avenue in Quezon City starting tomorrow, Sunday, September 4.
An emergency bike repair station has been put up at the spot equipped with an air pump, bike lifter, basic tools as well as first aid equipment for injured riders.
The bike repair station will also have a bike parts sharing basket that serves as a drop off point to anyone in need of bike parts or intends to donate unwanted or used but still serviceable bike parts.
The bicycle repair station is a project of REACT Ready Group who are public and industrial safety professionals and disaster risk reduction advocates and practitioners.
REACT Ready Group collaborated on the project with the BeSeekLetA for EveryJuan, an organization known for its road safety advocacy projects for bike commuters.
Thousands of residents have started using bicycles as transportation since the government imposed lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic.
REACT Ready Group public information officer Ares Gutierrez said more emergency bike repair stations in strategic locations along EDSA shall be put up soon.
Another station at the Quezon Elliptical Road is being considered, he said.
Gutierrez added the emergency bike repair stations are private sector initiatives and no government funds are being used in the project.
The bike repair stations will be turned over to the MMDA. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)
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The original story mistakenly identified the Timog-EDSA emergency bike repair station as the first. Readers have pointed out that at least two similar machines have been put up already along Commonwealth Avenue and Aurora Boulevard, although these do not seem to have a parts-sharing mechanism and first aid kits.