Well, I guess I have another great reason to drink lots of Steamwhistle this summer. :)
Last week I noticed a facebook photo of what looked like a Steamwhistle bike repair station in front of the Duke of York pub in Yorkville.
You may remember that Steamwhistle installed one of these outside their brewery down on Bremner by the SkyDome back in the summer of 2013.
I reached out to Steamwhistle about this, and not only found out info about the Duke of York one, but MANY more!
It was installed in September last year as part of an expanding network of bike stations we’ve installed. We specifically chose the Duke of York pub location as it wasn’t easy for us to put these stations on public land so looked for private locations near to cycling communities. The Annex is one of the city’s hubs for cycling, with so many students and urban dwellers in this neighbourhood.
We sourced the station from Urban Racks, an innovative cycling-focused Vancouver company. The bright green bike repair station includes a bike mount with ten tools on cable for easy repairs and a tire pump; it can be found in front of the entrance to the Duke of York Pub, in the heart of the Annex at Prince Arthur Avenue near Bedford Rd.
“The Duke of York is known for its warm atmosphere and its emphasis on fresh and high quality ingredients – making it the perfect pit stop or destination after a city ride,” said Amber Pachla, Duke of York General Manager. “We’re happy to be able to provide this extra reward to the cyclist community.”
In 2013, Steam Whistle Brewing installed a bike repair station outside of their brewery’s front doors. The positive response from the city’s cycling community inspired the brewery to reach out to other areas in Ontario to create a network of bike repair stations. The Duke of York location marks the third in the city (Steam Whistle Brewing and Evergreen Brickworks host the other two) and a total of 30 Steam Whistle bike repair stations across the province in the cities of Guelph, London, Hamilton, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Colbourne, Kingston, Peterborough, Oro-Medonte, Paris, St. Marys, Ottawa, Hardwood Hills with plenty more coming on line soon.
A great article about the repair stations is here:
Steamwhistle also been organizing some group rides to get people out riding in the city on weekends:
Contact Sybil Taylor at Steam Whistle if you’re interested in finding out how to get a public bike repair station installed in your community.