WASILLA — CRW Engineering Group, LLC recently installed Wasilla’s first bicycle fixit station, partnering with the city of Wasilla and the Alaska Bicycle Center to promote the safety and overall culture of the biking community in the area.

“We’re just trying to support biking and transportation, just so people can feel more encouraged to use a bike and they don’t feel like they might be stranded somewhere kind of thing. So, this is one more way for them to feel comfortable,” CRW Engineering Group, LLC Principal/Civil Engineer, Brian Looney said.

City officials including Mayor Bert Cottle welcomed the new station with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the new station June 11.

“It’s a good spot and it’s a great thing for the community,” CRW Marketing Specialist, Audry Patrick said.

The fixit station is located near the BMX track within the Iditapark. It’s painted a bright and highly visible red and it features an array of useful repair functions, including eight tools, a tire pump, and locking mechanism that hold the bike in place for easier repair designed to get stranded cyclists back on the road quickly.

There’s even a QR code that links smartphones to a website that offers tips and tricks for basic bicycle maintenance with instructional videos.

“Anybody can use it,” Looney said.

CRW is an engineering firm based out of Anchorage. They’ve donated stations across the state and Wasilla is the ninth location.

This is the second fixit station they’ve installed in the Valley. Looney said they installed one at the Palmer Train Depot three years ago, noting those two stations are the only ones of their kind in the Valley.

CRW partnered with the city of Wasilla and Alaska Bicycle Center on this project. The Alaska Bicycle Center is located right across from the street from the BMX track and new fixit station. They offered to oversee general maintenance for the station from this point forward, according to Looney.

Looney is one of the founding members of CRW. He said their overall mission with the fixit stations is simply to promote bicycling and nonmotorized transportation, encouraging more people to ride bikes with additional access and assets.

Looney noted that CRW is nationally recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as one of just eight Bicycle Friendly Businesses in Alaska. They also provide the annual bike maps for Anchorage and the Valley.

For more information about biking in Alaska, visit akbikeandped.org.

For more information about CRW Engineering Group, call 907-350-2791 or visit crweng.com.

For more information about the Alaska Bicycle Center, call 907-373-2453 or visit alaskabicyclecenter.com.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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