On-campus bicycle repair station approved in record time

Spurred by a local merchant and setting a blistering pace for fundraising, the Student Government Association at Pennsylvania College of Technology met its 2018-19 goal of purchasing a bicycle repair station for the Rose Street Apartments housing complex at the college.

SGA’s Executive Board contacted the proprietors of The Bicycle Center — a 90-year-old, fourth-generation shop in South Williamsport — explaining its objective and seeking expert advice.

“They were more than happy to help us out, giving us a target of $1,000, and we came up with a few different fundraisers,” said outgoing SGA president Everett B. Appleby, of Wilkes-Barre. The organization staffed a concession stand at Homecoming/Parent and Family Weekend athletic events, held a bake sale prior to Thanksgiving and sold custom drink coasters made by its members.

“With those three fundraisers, we were able to raise the money and purchase the repair station within one semester,” added Appleby, graduating May 18 with a bachelor’s degree in building science and sustainable design: building construction technology concentration.

“I think I can speak for the rest of the Executive Board when I say it’s been an honor working with some of the most hardworking, dedicated people at this college.”

The freestanding facility, installed this spring by the college’s General Services department, carries an engraved plate “in recognition of The Bicycle Center and Penn College Student Government Association, partnered supporters of the Bicycle Work Station.” It includes an air pump and tools to perform basic repairs and maintenance — from changing a flat to tuning brakes and derailleurs — and hanger arms to hold the bicycle while making adjustments.

Providing a handy fix-it facility for Penn College students, many of whom patronize his Main Street business, seemed like a fitting community project for Devon DeVito — enabling bicyclists to conveniently make repairs and quickly get back to enjoying the ride.

“It’s definitely good to see more bike advocacy on campus, since it’s the main mode of transportation for many college students,” said DeVito, owner of The Bicycle Center. “A lot of them come into the shop, since there’s nowhere closer for them to change a tube or a tire. This partnership limits their travel by putting a repair station on campus.”