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Southern Brooklyn cyclists can now fix their two-wheeled transportation at the Mill Basin Public Library’s new bike repair station. The first-of-its-kind facility, which officially opened on May 13, features all the tools that make-shift mechanics need, as well as classes on cycling safety, according to one library rep.

“Libraries have always been a place to turn for information and assistance so we are delighted to present this new repair station along with educational workshops and programs on bike safety and tips for commuting,” said Nick Higgins.

The library, which is inaccessible by bike lanes, will provide cyclists with air pumps, hanger arms, screwdrivers, wrenches, and tire levers.

Local community leaders hope the free-of-charge repair station will help promote transportation alternatives, according to the head of one organization which specializes in improving quality of life in the city.

“This innovative project by Mill Basin Library is fostering a sustainable culture in Southern Brooklyn by encouraging cycling and preventing used bikes from ending up in landfills,” said Peter H. Kostmayer of Citizens Committee for New York City.

City Councilman Alan Masiel (D–Mill Basin) said he hoped the program would serve as a model for similar efforts in Kings County and beyond.

“In this era of alternative and eco-friendly modes of transportation this is a program that hopefully will expand to other areas of the city,” he said.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at agraham@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at twitter.com/aidangraham95.
Updated 11:51 am, May 14, 2019
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Tooney from Staten Island says:
So typical of all these hipsters! Same thing here in Staten Island - can’t go to the mall or the dump anymore without being bombarded by these hipsters!
May 14, 11:19 am
Tony from Mill Basin says:
I’ll be heading right over to collect my free bike tools. It’s not like the hipsters could ever find Mill Basin anyway.
May 14, 11:26 am
Henry Ranz from Marine Park says:
Another city bicycle service paid for by city taxpayers made up mostly of pedestrians. Pedal pushers will be crying again on their poor state of affair, despite the fact that for the last 20 years all the mayors have bowed down to the altar of the 2 wheeler Side walkers first. Protected Pedestrian Paths on all sidewalks NOW. " i rather walk".
May 14, 12:48 pm
Stop whining says:
Wow! There's some bitter baby boomers posting here. They are probably mad because there's black children in the accompanied photo.
May 14, 12:58 pm
Casey from Bergen Beach says:
This will be great for all the kids around the neighborhood who ride. They don't need to go all the way home or to a shop to fix a flat.
May 14, 2:43 pm
Tony from Mill Basin says:
We saw your disgusting racist posts from last night that were deleted, somewhere. Your projection is laughable, racist.
May 14, 2:44 pm
Maggie from Mill Basin says:
Great idea! We need more cycling resources and infrastructure down here! It's not safe enough in South Brooklyn for cyclists, even though would help lots of folks navigate the area without relying on cars ($$ and parking!) or buses.
May 14, 2:53 pm
Phantom from Bay Ridge says:
I am a cyclist who passes through Mill Basin when on long spring and summer rides I am not at all sure that this is the best way that the library can spend the limited funds that the city allocates to it.
May 15, 3:25 pm
Sarah Berman from Mill Basin says:
This service at the library is being paid by private funds. The Brooklyn Public Library is not paying for this out of it's budget. It is a good idea to research before posting. Bikers are not "hipsters". They are your neighbors.
May 16, 8:58 am

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