"The stands provide tire gauges and pumps, Allen wrenches and a few other tools that enable cyclists to make minor repairs, such as adjusting seats or handlebars."
I say it's awesome because it shows the willingness of the city of Cambridge to embrace cycling as a viable transportation alternative. However, I'm not so sure the money couldn't be more well spent elsewhere. This is certainly something that I would support if the cycling culture in Boston were more 'mature', but I'm not so sure the general public in the Boston area is quite comfortable with cycling in the city just yet. Cambridge, maybe, since the article quotes a significant increase in cycling traffic over the past couple of years.
From a different perspective, is there a liability issue with the city 'encouraging' people to elicit their own repairs to dubious ends? I really don't know the answer to that question, but I'm wondering if it was considered.
Still, I applaud Cambridge's efforts to encourage cycling. Perhaps it will in fact serve as an epicenter for responsible cooperation between cyclist and local government, and radiate outward from there.
Oh, and don't bother with the comments on the article. As usual, it's loaded with the usual selfish ignorant diatribes from big-mac-eating fuckers, sort of like the facebook comments from ugly americans over the earthquake and tsunami in japan (click on the facebook image after it loads to enlarge so you can read it).