Bike repair stations to enhance Sparta's claim to fame
Greg Skon, an intern with the Sparta Parks & Rec Dept., saw a need in the Bicycling Capital of America.
Skon, a 2013 Sparta High School graduate and a senior at UW-La Crosse, received a $2,400 tourism grant from the city to install public bike repair stations in a few locations around the city.
Skon also received a matching grant from U.S. Silica, which is providing labor and construction materials for the project.
The bike repair stations, manufactured by Duo-Guard Industries, are five-foot steel columns that are concreted into the ground, have a clamp to hold a bicycle and repair tools welded to 10 mm braided steel cables. The station is complete with a manual air pump and the entire unit is vandal and theft resistant.
At $1,025 apiece, the four stations will cost $4,100 plus shipping. Skon said some of the suggested sites are Ben Bikin Park, the Chamber Depot and Amundson Park. Pica Grove of Sparta is designing the signage for the units.
Skon said the project is part of a class for his recreational management degree he is pursuing. He will be graduating in May, likely before the project is completed. The stations should be going in late April or early May, he said.
The city funds it grants from a room tax collected from local hotels. The Sparta Youth Hockey Association also received a grant.