NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — If you’ve been biking through the Ghent area of Norfolk lately, you may have noticed something new on the sidewalks.
“It’s really cool to see a more cycle-friendly town,” said Tyler West, who works at East Coast Bicycles, which has a shop along Colley Avenue.
New bike repair stations with air pumps and a variety of tools — whatever you need to fix your bike in a pinch — have popped up along Colley and Llewelleyn avenues.
Gail Newman, who is the property manager for The Palace Shops & Station, said, “God forbid you have a breakdown or you lose the air in your tires or something happens. Right here on Llewellyn Avenue, right outside of Decorum Furniture, you have a bike station to help with repairs.”
The stations are part of a commercial corridor project supported by Ghent businesses, who are hoping that being more bike-friendly will bring more people to the area.
“We have so many people that ride up to our restaurants and shops, they can just pull right in, not have to worry about parking a car,” said Newman. “It’s just such a great neighborhood for it. There are so many people now with the apartments coming in that just try, and again, we are very big about being environmentally friendly. The less you can be in your car, and the more you can be on a bike or walking, the better.”
West says the new stations have been really helpful for the cycling community.
“After shop hours, it’s nice to have the air pump out here, so before you get rolling you can check your air pressure,” he said. “A place where you can hang your bike so if you want to use any of these tools, you can come down here and pull them right out of here and use any of the tools.”
Each repair station costs roughly $1800.
May is bike month in the City of Norfolk. Visit its website for more information.