There are some things that seem so outlandish that they might actually catch on and become a functional “fixture” of the urban jungle. The Bike Fixtation kiosk (shown above) is located in Minneapolis, MN. and it raises the question: “Why is this not in Portland?” After all, Portland, Oregon is home to a high concentration of bicycle commuters; in fact, Portland ranks in the 10 Best American Cities For Cycling according to the Huffington Post.
Portland’s bike routes make traveling by bicycle exceedingly simple and, in most cases, far more efficient than driving. Though fuel efficiency, no-cost parking, and exercise while getting to where you need to go are great, things can go awry and leave you stranded. Imagine if there were a Fixtation nearby that could get you up and running again? Think about it; the infrastructure is already laid into the bike routes that blanket the landscape of Portland. If placed along a well traveled route, a Fixtation could assist a great number of cyclists and help generate revenue for the city.
That being said, there are more than enough bike shops thus raising the argument that installing a Fixtation kiosk could threaten the well-being of local bicycle repair businesses. But what if the bike shops and the city all worked together in a co-op atmosphere to benefit both business and government? Just a thought. I, for one, think that the Fixtation would feel right at home here in Portland.