DEARBORN – The Southwestern Outer Drive Neighborhood Association partnered with the city and Bike Dearborn to raise $1,326 to have a new bike repair station installed this spring.
The repair station will be in the Monroe/Carlysle Business District in front of the Black Box Gallery. It includes the tools needed to do minor repairs, a tire air pump, and custom vinyl graphic with SODA logo. The station will be free to use by all in the community.
“We’re really excited to be installing the new bike repair station in our neighborhood,” SODA President Timothy Harrison said. “One of the stated purposes of SODA is to engage in social, charitable, and other activities which make our neighborhood and community a better place to live.
“We noticed the new bike repair stations installed at three other locations in the city by Bike Dearborn, and felt that one of those stations would be a great compliment to our little business district.”
Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. praised SODA for its efforts.
“Our community is made stronger through the activities of our neighborhood associations,” he said. “SODA is offering a great example by spearheading this project, and providing an amenity for everyone to use.”
Sixteen donors helped SODA reach its goal: Alan Devlin, Stephanie Fries, William Strachan, Julia Johnston, Lorraine Satko, Matthew Burpee, Dustin Weber, Sara Gleicher, Michael Albano, Michele Featherston, Mayor O’Reilly — One Dearborn, Patti Mack, James Witman, George Turley, Jennifer Rigney, and Nady B’s Beauty Bar.
The other bike repair stations in Dearborn are at West Village Commons, the Trail Head of Rouge Gateway Trail behind Andiamo, and on Michigan Avenue by City Hall Artspace Lofts.
Another bike repair station is planned to be installed this summer at Levagood Park. It has been funded by Karl Fava CPA and Business Financial Consultants Inc.