Skip to comments.In Copenhagen, Gas Stations Morph Into Bike Repair Shops (BARF)
Posted on 10/06/2011 6:22:55 AM PDT by IbJensen
It's a rocky road out there for bicyclists riding car-dominated streets and freeways. With potholes, angry drivers, and the constant threat of a swift pancaking all posing hurdles, biking means always moving against the flow of traffic. But in Copenhagen, one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, an oil company is making things just a bit easier for the two-wheeled commuters.
Norwegian energy company Statoil ASA has installed bicycle care stations at select gas stations in Copenhagen, reports Copenhagenize. The bike stations were installed using unused wall space at existing gas stations, and feature a pull-down shelf to lift and hold bicycles during repairs, an air hose, paper towels, and gloves. Inside the stations are free bicycle care kits that can be borrowed for more involved repairs. Just imagine, instead of filling up on non-environmentally-friendly fossil fuels at the local gas station, you ride your bike there and revel in your tiny carbon footprint while taking care of your sweet ride.
The note on the stations reads: "You can care for your bicycle here. You can pump and wash your bicycle and, inside the shop, you're welcome to borrow a free bicycle care kit with oil, tire levers, allen keys, etc."
While these repair stations are only a small step towards setting up a broader bike-friendly infrastructurelike more bike lanesthe project certainly represents a friendly gesture from an industry often hostile to bikers. Let's hope other international oil companies follow Statoils lead.
What else should companies do to improve the streets for bikers?
The Daily Good is misnamed. It should be the Daily Bad!
My friend’s son spent about a year in Copenhagen. Does not sound like a place where you’d want to drive.
True, Sweden is now being overrun by Moslems
Sorry, I don’t get the “BARF”. Copenhagen is fantastic for biking — very flat, tons of biking infrastructure — so what is wrong with Gas Stations wanting to enhance their service for bikers. I think that’s great.
LOL! What a pantload. Gas taxes are paying for the infrastructure in most countries, not bikes.
Hostile!!?? Oil industry "hostile" towards bikers? More BS. I can't wait to see what the cycling "community" is going to do when their free ride is over, when there are no longer enough fees and taxes coming in to subsidize their use of that infrastructure.
Go spend two months in Copenhagen and then BARF!