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Pine Island bike tune-up station boasts tools and technology.
Seeing a bicycle tune-station in Red Wing gave Mike Sellnow an idea. “I thought a station like that would make a great addition to the Douglas Trail and to our community,” said Sellnow, president of the Pine Island Lions Club. Fellow Lions thought so too.
Early in June 2017, the new installation, complete with 14 bike tools and a high-tech bonus, opened in Trailhead Park in Pine Island. The station has been busy from the start. “We’ve seen a lot of cyclists using it and we’ve had a lot of compliments," Sellnow said.
The station is self-service, always open, requires no electricity and is free of charge. Its tools - a variety of wrenches, screwdrivers and tire levers – are fastened to tethers that pull out four or five feet. There’s an air pump, of course, and if you need help with fixing your bicycle, try QR code technology. Use your smartphone to scan the barcode printed atop the station and you’ll be taken to a website that gives how-to information.
Why did the Lions install the tune-up station? Sellnow explained, “2017 is the 100th Anniversary of Lions International, and this was our legacy project.” According to Lions International website, “Legacy Projects commemorate our centennial by making a lasting gift that will benefit the community for years to come.”
Others contributed to the Pine Island Lions gift. Sellnow credits them and the Tune-up station sign design too. Live Well Goodhue County coordinator, David Anderson, provided a grant. Pine Island Street/Parks Supervisor Wayne King and his staff assisted with the installation, and students of Pine Island Public School's talented and gifted coordinator, Kiah Solberg, helped design the sign.