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Bike repair stations added to Eldorado, Harrisburg bike path

  • Lizz Cooley, right, and Eldorado Mayor Rocky James stand near the Eldorado bike "fix-it" station near the city's Street Department building.

    Lizz Cooley, right, and Eldorado Mayor Rocky James stand near the Eldorado bike "fix-it" station near the city's Street Department building.
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  • A detail of the QR code that provides smartphone users with repair instructions.

    A detail of the QR code that provides smartphone users with repair instructions.
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BY TRAVIS DENEAL tdeneal@dailyregister.com
updated: 7/11/2017 9:30 AM

SALINE COUNTY -- Bicyclists along the bike trail that runs through Eldorado and Harrisburg may notice a couple of additions, designed to make life a little easier for those who need an emergency bike repair.

"We recently got the funding to install a couple of bike 'fix-it' stations along the bike path," said Lizz Cooley, a health education program manager with Egpytian Health Department.

The funding came from the Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network through the Southeastern Illinois Community Health Coalition.

The fix-it station lets a bicyclist hang his or her bike on a stationary arm and provides tools for many common minor bicycle repairs.

And if you aren't sure what to do, a QR code affixed to the station lets a smartphone user link to a video detailing repair jobs, she said.

It's just one more incentive to encourage a health lifestyle with plenty of activity, Cooley said.

"This is part of an initiative to get individuals out, active and using the paths," she said.

The fix-it station in Eldorado is near the city's Street Department building, where it is under video surveillance, she said.

The one in Harrisburg is near the restrooms along the bike path near the intersection of Veterans Drive and East Walnut Street, about one block north of Hardees.