I have come across several fix-it-yourself bike stations. The gesture and tools is really nice. And it probably saves the bike rental company from a lot of nuisance beggars at the door expecting free minor repairs.
I’ve come across similar tool sets in Cambridge, MA;
on Cape Cod
But not yet in Ottawa, although there is a non-public one behind St Andrew tower. This is at a time when gas stations increasingly charge cyclists for air, although the most egregious insult came when I found an air pump at a local gas station fill-er-up island that was free for motorists and charged a dollar for cyclists, over on the parking lot. An attendant actually came out and chased me away from the island. Hmm. Memo to self: don’t buy gas there.
Does anyone know of any free, public U-fix stations in Ottawa?