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The Wellesley Police Department and Sustainable Wellesley are teaming up to raise money for a community bike maintenance station and tire pump, in an effort to make Wellesley even more bicycle friendly.

A permanent community bike maintenance station and tire pump will encourage bicycle safety and reduce traffic, and ensure that everyone has access to the tools they need to maintain their bikes.

The Wellesley Police Department, lauded state-wide for their pedestrian and bicycle safety education work, has offered an easily accessible spot outside the police station. This will create a gathering space for repair classes, bicycle safety classes, bicycle rides, and more.

“The bicycle maintenance and tire repair station will make Wellesley even more welcoming for bicyclists of all ages and abilities,” said Wellesley Police Chief Pilecki. “With this station, the public will have free access to the most commonly used bike repair tools,” Pilecki said.

“Our community is a wonderful place to walk and bike,” said Quentin Prideaux, President of Sustainable Wellesley. “Many trips in town are less than a mile or two and as fast, if not faster, by bike. To see an example of the station, please click here,” Prideaux said.

Donations can be made on the Sustainable Wellesley’s website, Facebook page, or by check — made payable to Sustainable Wellesley and sent to 5 Hilltop Road, Wellesley, MA 02482.  Click here to donate and help reach the $2000 goal.  Sustainable Wellesley is a 501c3 non-profit. Donations are tax-deductible and eligible for work-match funding.

Phyllis Theermann

The Rotary Club of Wellesley wants to add REPAIR to the three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) program by announcing its second Repair Café Event. It will be held on Saturday April 7th, from 9:00 AM to Noon, at the Warren Center.

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). At the Repair Café event, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make most repairs. Repairs can be made on clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.

Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table – by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.

There are over 1,300 Repair Cafés worldwide.

Please register as a guest in advance to attend the Café. List the item you want to repair. If you have questions, feel free to contact John Adams at johnfadamsjr51@gmail.com or 617-817-0314. Connecting with him before the event, enables the Rotary Club to make sure they have the necessary parts for repair available.

If you have repair skills and want to help out, please register as a volunteer.