Glen Ridge, NJ – After nearly 18 months of pandemic delays, prospective Eagle Scout Zane Pagano led a group of Troop 855 Scouts in building a self-service bike repair stand at the Glen Ridge Train Station. The I-Fixit stand on the south side of the building has assorted tools such an air pump, wrenches, Allen keys, and screwdrivers. Bike commuters may now continue their rides after making minor repairs.
Pagano saw before the pandemic that more than 30 bikes were parked at the station on a winter’s day. Even more were parked during the summer months.
“There was no way anyone could repair their bike if they came home to a flat tire or other mechanical problem. I saw an opportunity to benefit the community by helping them solve small inconveniences with their bikes during their commutes.” If you need help, the stand’s QR code links to helpful bike repair videos.
Zane raised over $1,700 from the community and interested supporters. As part of the project, he also crafted a bike safety and informational brochure, and led the scouts of Troop 855 in distributing the brochures to nearly 2500 homes in town.
“I would like to give a big thanks to the Glen Ridge Department of Public Works and Borough Administrator Mr. Mike Zichelli,” says Pagano. “Without their support, I wouldn’t have been able to bring my project to life.”