Bellingham firm builds bike-repair kiosk as gift to public
The Bellingham Herald
July 26, 2015
A-1 Builders in Bellingham has been a bicycle-friendly company for years. A decade ago, to mark the company’s 50th anniversary, A-1 built a large covered space for bicycle parking at the downtown Community Food Co-op store.
Now, for its 60th anniversary, A-1 has built a covered community kiosk with a public bicycle repair station by the sidewalk outside its offices at 3310 Northwest Ave. Rick Dubrow, company president and an avid biker, said Bellingham and other communities would benefit from more bike-repair stations.
“Our hope is that this is the first of many,” he said.
At first, the folks at A-1 were thinking about installing just a kiosk for community notices. Then, last September, Patrick Martin, a production manager at A-1, took his daughter to The Evergreen State College in Olympia and saw a sturdy bicycle pump and repair station installed outdoors by some dormitories. He thought back to the idea of a kiosk, and realized a pump and repair station could fit inside.
“I thought we should put the two together,” said Martin, who did much of the design work for the station…