Cycling Station Installed at Waterfront

Cycling Station Installed at Waterfront

Township of St. Joseph Councillor Joe Wiederkehr was excited to show off the new bicycle station installed this week at the waterfront in Richards Landing.

Councillor Wiederkehr proposed the project last year, after noticing similar stations in parks around Florida. With St. Joseph Island growing in popularity as a cycling destination, it made sense to add something that both locals and visiting cyclists could use.

The station has several bike racks for parking, an air compressor, and bike hook with all the essential tools hanging on wires, for easy roadside repairs and adjustments. 

Council was able to purchase and install the station with grant money from the Main Street Revitalization Fund and the North Channel Healthy Kids Community Challenge.

Councillors Wiederkehr and Aelick were appointed by Council to suggest improvements to the downtown area, which also resulted in new park benches, picnic tables and flower pots this summer with the same grant. Unfortunately, the cycling station was back ordered for 2 months and could not be installed until this week.

However, it is up and ready to use just in time for this Saturday's big cycling event which will see 100 cyclists, riding 100km, collecting $100 in pledges for the Arch Hospice Great Bucket List Challenge. 

Councillor Wiederkehr hopes that the cycling station is well used and doesn't anticipate any issues with vandalism. "I think this is a positive addition to our community and appreciate the help from our municipal staff, especially Sherie Gladu, for making it happen."