There are two cycling clubs that have Cobourg addresses but there are also cyclists from out of town who like to tour the County. To assist all cyclists in Northumberland, the County is launching a pilot project and installing “Bike Repair Stations” in five locations. Why now? Because June 3 is “World Bicycle Day”! Each repair station includes “a full set of tools for cyclists to make any needed adjustments or any unexpected repairs, to help keep rolling along”. The most common problem is a flat tire so a pump is provided – a manually operated one. Also provided are commonly required tools. Because of the risk of tools being stolen, they are tethered with “chain or coated aircraft cable”. Precautions are also taken against vandalism. The photo below gives some idea. See also links to equipment supplier: Greenspoke.
In making the announcement, Northumberland County’s Dan Borowec said:
Cycling plays an important role in the tourism and recreation mix of Northumberland. Installing bike repair stations adds critical support for all levels of cyclists. Easily accessible and strategically located throughout Northumberland, they are a welcoming resource to our ever-growing cycling community.
The announcement said:
This initiative aims to foster a vibrant cycling community while attracting cycling enthusiasts from far and wide to explore the picturesque landscapes and charming towns of Northumberland. In partnership with participating area municipalities, bike repair stations are being placed in the following locations:
- Campbellford – Old Mill Park by the Two Dollar Coin, 51 Grand Rd (now available)
- Port Hope – Behind Port Hope Town Hall, 56 Queen St. (now available)
- Cobourg – Cobourg Marina, 103 3rd St. (coming soon)
- Brighton – Harbour St. Parkette, 147 Harbour St. (coming soon)
- Bewdley – Bewdley Optimist Waterfront Park, 5073 Rice Lake Dr N, Bewdley (coming soon)
Other Bicycle Information
If you are a cyclist in Cobourg, you probably already know about Cycle Transitions, the “Bicycle Resource Center and DIY Bicycle Repair Shop” at Northam Building 17 – 740 Division Street. There’s detailed information on what they do at their web site here. As well as fixing bikes and workshops on how to do that, they have used bikes for sale.
Another recent innovation is the bicycle registry by Cobourg Police – go to this page. Their intent is “to increase the chances of returning lost or stolen bikes to their owners”.
Cobourg Cycling Club Websites