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Need Help Keeping your Bike Rolling? City Will Help

Published on Monday, May 4, 2020 | 7:12 am
 

If you own a bike that needs some basic repair, Pasadena and some local community partners are ready to do just that as part of “Walk Local, Bike Solo,” a month long campaign of fun and healthy recreational activities that residents can experience while exercising best practices under current Safer at Home conditions.

“Walk Local, Bike Solo” started on April 27 and will continue up to May 24. The campaign is managed through local non-profit organization Day One, and promotes self-guided neighborhood tours, encourages residents to support local restaurants, and shares COVID-19 health and safety reminders, with support from Active SGV.

ActiveSGV sponsors community events and family-friendly bike rides, and advocated for open streets, transit improvements, green infrastructure, and a more sustainable, equitable and livable San Gabriel Valley.

As part of Walk Local, Bike Solo, the temporary bike repair program strives to help families and residents remain active in a safe, healthy manner during these challenging times.

Bicycle repair is considered an “essential service” under current county and state Stay-at-Home guidelines. The program has been set up with strict guidelines to protect staff and members of the public from COVID-19 transmission.

Bike owners can have their bikes repaired by first setting up an appointment and confirming the schedule. The owner will then receive detailed instructions on how to drop-off their bicycle at a gated, outdoor location, where a minimum 10-feet distance will be maintained, according to a notice posted on the Walk Local, Bike Solo page.

Appointments will be staggered to reduce the likelihood of any overlap among participants. If you are more than five minutes late to your appointment, or fail to abide by safety protocols, you may be refused service, the notice said.

Basic bike repair will only cover flat tires, brake adjustments, and other simple fixes. If your bicycle needs extensive repairs, the organizers will refer you to a local bicycle shop.

Upon confirming an appointment, bike owners should keep the schedule in mind, and to disinfect their bicycles prior to dropping them off. Instructions on keeping at a safe distance will be posted, and chalk markers will indicate steps and where to stand.

Staff will be wearing gloves and masks, following CDC guidelines to ensure COVID-19 safety measures.

Walk Local, Bike Solo features two to three activities per week, including scavenger hunts and photo contests where participants can be individuals or household members.

Prizes will be mailed to winners, and all handling and packaging of prizes will follow the latest COVID-19 safety procedures.

To help ensure all participants stay safe and healthy during current Safer at Home orders, the organizers will be reminding everyone to practice safe social distancing, personal protection, and hygiene.

For more information, visit walklocalbikesolo.com.

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