YMCA to get new bike-fix station and host youth bike rodeo


The Winona Family YMCA is putting itself on the map for bicyclists with the new addition of a bike fix station, thanks to a grant from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership. The station will be available for members, as well as the general public, and will be strategically placed right near the bridge in front of the Winona Family YMCA. It is the only bike-fix station in that part of town and will help the continued spread of stations across Winona, giving bicyclists more options for emergency fixes or general repairs, in order to promote active living. Each station includes an air pump and a plethora of tools that are attached to the station.

On July 15, the Winona Family YMCA is celebrating the new station — which will be along for the ride to the new building in 2020 — with a free youth bike rodeo and bike-fix station101 event. From 1-3 p.m. outside the Winona Family YMCA, Eric Paulsen will be teaching the public what the station’s tools are used for and how to properly repair or maintain a bike.

Attendees will also get the chance to try the station out for themselves with Paulsen’s guidance.

The bike rodeo will teach kids hand signals and safety checks while giving kids an obstacle course to ride through.

“We are thankful for the funding from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, which allows us to support bicyclists in the Winona community,” said Janneke Sobeck, CEO of the Winona Family YMCA. “The bike-fix station is a great way for the YMCA to show its support for active lifestyles and healthy living.”


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