Bicycle repair stand at gas station in Denmark

With potholes, overly aggressive drivers and the constant threat of a flat, bicyclists kind of have it tough. But over in Copenhagen, already one of the world's most pedal power-friendly cities, an oil company by the name of Statoil ASA is making it just a bit easier to commute on two wheels.

Statoil ASA has installed bicycle repair sites at select gas stations in Copenhagen. The bike stations feature a pull-down shelf to lift and hold bicycles during repairs, an air hose, paper towels and gloves. Inside the gas stations are free bicycle repair kits that can be used for more extensive bike work.

Translated, the note on the stations reads, "You can care for your bicycle here. You can pump and wash your bicycle and, inside the shop, you're welcome to borrow a free bicycle care kit with oil, tire levers, allen keys, etc."

While these repair stations represents only a minute step towards establishing a broad two wheel-friendly infrastructure, they're still a step in the right direction.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      It's wonderful to see that even oil companies support green transportation. It's a very good start to promote pedal power in such a bike-friendly city. Hopefully, this trend catches on so people are attracted to bicycling as their primary means of movement. Juan Miguel Ruiz (Going Green)
        Marco Polo
        • 8 Months Ago
        In some cities, bicycles can be a very useful transport alternative for some people. In other cities, bicyclists become dangerous pests, since the traffic fow dynamics are incompatible with cycling. The have even been incidents of deaths and serious injuries to pedestrians caused by cyclists. Juan, cycling enthusiasts often become imbued with a spirit of selfish self righteousness, demanding greater rights and privileges of road access than other traffic, thereby increasing the frustration and distraction the concentration of other road users. (who pay or the roads). There are discourteous drivers, and cyclists, just riding a bicycle doesn't change the personality!
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hi, Just want to comment on the company information. The company owning these Statoil gas stations is "Statoil Fuel & Retail ASA" (the word ASA only reflects that the company is a public company registered in Norway). However, SFR (Statoil Fuel & Retail) pushes products from its mother company "Statoil ASA", which owns 54% of the SFR shares, through its Statoil-branded gas stations in Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden. Statoil largest shareholder is the Norwegian state, with 67%. I also want to comment on the concept, which I think is very good and strategic. It's my impression that the Danish people are more of a bicycle nation than the rest of Scandinavia (especially those living in Copenhagen), but I hope this concept expands and SFR will offer it services to eco-conscious bikers in other countries, even though our snowy and cold winters reduces the number of users in this season.
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