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Bicycle fix-it station installed at Annie's Playground

A new bicycle fix-it station was installed Friday at Annie's Playground, the southern end of the Ma & Pa Trail, and will be dedicated Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Paid for by the Ma & Pa Heritage Trail Inc. and Bike Shop of Bel Air, the maintenance station is available to anyone when the trail is open, from dawn until dusk.

"So many people show up to ride their bikes and didn't pump their tires or need to adjust something, this gives the public a sense of security to take care of their bikes," Missie Wakefield, owner of Bike Shop of Bel Air, in Churchville, said Sunday.

The county's parks and recreation department paid for the permit and installation of the DERO Bike Fix-It station, which provides screwdrivers, Allen wrenches and box wrenches as well as an air pump so bicyclists can change a flat, adjust brakes and derailleurs and put air in their tires.

Wakefield, who was on the board of the Ma & Pa Trail Heritage Trail for about a year, said she thinks the maintenance station is a great ideal.

"It's about community. We are a community bike shop. It's about keeping people on bikes," she said. "It gets people on their bikes. There's no negative to it."

Use of the station is free, and it has all the tools to make a small fix, but none of the supplies.

It's not a manned station - but Wakefield said there are enough trail monitors on the Ma & Pa that if there's a problem, they'll know about it.

This is the first of what Wakefield said will be other stations along the trail, especially once the two ends are connected, which is expected in 2019. She said the second one likely will be installed at the northern end, near Friends Park in Forest Hill.

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