The Bike Repair Station funded by the Thayer Street District Management Authority (TSDMA) officially opens for public use after Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony November 9th officially opened the new Bike Repair Station in the Thayer Street District to the public. Located on the side of the Brown University Bookstore on Olive Street, corner of Olive and Thayer, the Bike Repair Station includes specialized bicycle repair tools and an air pump. The Bike Repair Station is the newest improvement to the District funded by the TSDMA. Legend Bicycle shop located on Brooke Street has entered into a maintenance sponsorship agreement with the TSDMA to assure the station will be repaired and tools replaced if necessary.
The idea of installing a bike repair station on Thayer started more than 20 months during a meeting between TSDMA Executive Director, Donna Personeus and Eric Weiss of City of Providence Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission & East Coast Greenway Alliance, when Mr. Weiss shared his wish list for Thayer which included a bicycle repair station. The TSDMA relied on the expertise of both Mr. Weiss and Mr. Madden, owner of Legend Bicycle in the selection of the ideal repair station that would both serve the needs of neighborhood recreational bike riders and avid area cyclists. Brown University was instrumental in providing a secure location that would allow the station to be open to cyclists year round as well as protected by video surveillance. “The Bike Repair Station is a great example of teamwork and how positive improvements can happen when people and organization come together to support their community” stated TSDMA Executive Director, Donna Personeus.
Photo: (left to right: Jack Madden, owner Legend Bicycle; Eric Weiss, City of Providence Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission & East Coast Greenway Alliance; Al Dahlberg, TSDMA Director & Brown University.
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The Thayer Street District Management Authority (TSDMA) was established by Thayer Street property owners and granted status to operate as a ‘Business Improvement District’ by the City of Providence Code of Ordinances and in accordance with RI General Law 45-59-14(b) in January 2006. The District is comprised of the area bounded by Bowen Street, Brook Street, Waterman Street and the rear lot line of parcels that face the western side of Thayer Street. Over the years since our establishment, the district has undertaken the installation of new sidewalks, stamped crosswalks, trash cans, lighting, trees, recycling programs, daily sidewalk cleaning, trash and graffiti removal. In 2013, the City of Providence’s Department of Planning & Development worked with a consultant team and members of the TSDMA to prepare a plan for the future of the District. The Final Thayer Street Planning Study is now available online. TSDMA is governed by a Board of Directors made up of District property owners, merchants and representatives of Brown University. Day to day operations are overseen by our TSDMA Executive Director.