TEN bike repair stations have been installed across the Vale of Glamorgan – including in Penarth.

Vale of Glamorgan Council, with Public Health Wales funding, has set-up the stations to encourage people to use active travel.

The equipment is hard-wearing to ensure that they are vandal-proof, with cyclists able to use the free facilities to repair bikes with air pumps (which can also be used on wheelchairs, pushchairs, and footballs) and tools.

This includes: Philips screwdriver, flat screwdriver, T25 screwdriver, adjustable spanner, flat wrench, a hex key set, and tyre levers. 

Within Penarth the bike repair stations are at Penarth leisure centre and Cosmeston Country Park.

Elsewhere in the Vale of Glamorgan, the bike repair stations are at:

  • Alexandra Gardens;
  • Barry Island car park;
  • Barry leisure centre;
  • Colcot sports centre;
  • Cowbridge leisure centre;
  • Llantwit Major leisure centre;
  • Llantwit Major beach car park;
  • Murchfield community centre.

The council is also working to install a station at Colwinston community centre in Cowbridge and Porthkerry Country Park in Barry.

This scheme links closely to the Council’s Project Zero initiative, which aims to reduce their carbon emissions to net zero by 2030.

It also aligns with the Vale of Glamorgan’s Move More Eat Well plan objectives to encourage healthier lifestyles.

Cabinet member for neighbourhood services and transport, Cllr Peter King, said: “It is great to see the Vale’s new bicycle repair stations open for the public to use.

“With more and more residents using their bikes, it is important to us that we implement schemes and facilities to make their journeys as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

“Encouraging active travel is a key part of our Project Zero Strategy, the Council’s commitment to tackle climate change.”

People who would like to see a bicycle repair station in their area of the Vale of Glamorgan, can e-mail activetravel@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk