Public bike repair stations coming to Harvey County

Chad Frey
The Harvey County Commission approved Tuesday the purchase and installation of 10 public bicycle repair stations paid for using grant funds.

Ten public bicycle repair stations will be placed in Harvey County thanks to a grant written by Healthy Harvey and Walk and Roll Harvey.

“Bike service stations were part of our wellness grant,” said Lynnette Redington, director of the Harvey County Health Department.

With bike plan development in several Harvey County cities, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways funding was acquired for bike repair stations as a Community Wellness project. Each city will receive a bike repair stations with Newton receiving four.

In Newton, stations will be placed at Athletic Park, Centennial Park, Fire Station No. 1 and Newton Medical Center. In North Newton a station will placed on the current Sand Creek Trail extension project, while in Halstead a station will placed at the Kansas Learning Center for Health. Locations in Walton, Burrton and Sedgwick have not been finalized.

The low bid for the 10 stations came from a company called Dero, for $12,103.

According to the company, the Dero Fixit includes all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. Tools are attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments.

“It is a unique product. These are bike repair stations with tools attached to them,” Redington said. “Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways has already approved our grant ... and the cities have already agreed to maintain it.”

The bid includes an additional Air Kit bike pump.

The county commission approved the purchase of the repair stations at its Tuesday meeting. Funding for the bike repair stations and and installation will be paid for through a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Installation of stations is included in the grant award and will be contracted with each city or independently.

– --

In other business, the commission:

• Received a COVID-19 update from the health department. As of Tuesday, 53 cases had been found in the county, with 15 active cases in isolation.

• Reviewed unemployment numbers related to COVID-19.

• Learned of a $56,000 grant for the purchase of a tractor at the transfer station.

• Discussed a budget work session for this week.

• Received an update on the West Park Bridge. The bridge has been removed and replacement work is moving forward.

• Received an update on a grant for Safehope. The grant will fund shelter operations and renovation at the main facility. The shelter is averaging at 80% occupancy capacity for this year.

• Discussed a budget request from the Harvey County Extension Council. The request was updated after an initial request was rejected by the commission. The new request is flat, the same allocation as a year ago of more than $47,000.

• Approved a bid for the striping of roads in the county.

• Discussed moving forward with SPARK Funds, creating a special revenue fund to received the funds if approved. The county application for funds has been submitted.

• Created a CARES act committee to allocate SPARK funds.

A number of tools are attached to bike repair stations using tamper-proof cables. The stations can be used to perform repairs and needed adjustments.