Bicyclists in Ferndale who need to inflate a tire, raise a seat, tighten a bolt or make other basic fixes now have three new bike repair stations scattered throughout the city.
The new amenities are among the bicycling infrastructure improvements approved for the city’s portion of the Woodward Corridor Neighborhood Bicycle Network. The network consists of a 17-mile bike route through Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Hazel Park, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge and Royal Oak that is meant to increase mobility and quality of life through the adjacent inner-ring suburbs.
The improvements include bike route signage, bike lanes and shared lane markings, wayfinding hubs and improved crosswalks. They’re being made possible via a $194,000 federal Transportation Alternatives Program grant awarded last year and local matches — including $182,700 from Ferndale, which is seeing the lion’s share of bike infrastructure improvements.
The bike repair stations are located at:
- Geary Park, at Pinecrest and Cambourne
- Schiffer Park, at West Nine Mile and Planavon Street
- Woodward Heights and Wolcott Street
Work is still under way on at least one crosswalk improvement, at Planavon and West Breckenridge, near downtown. It’s similar to ones already completed on West Marshall Street and Pinecrest Drive, with ADA-compliant approaches and curb cuts that extend into traffic lanes to encourage drivers to slow down.