OLD FORT, N.C. (BRAIN) — Kitsbow Cycling Apparel begins offering full-service bike repair out of its visitor center beginning this week.
The Old Fort Ride House Bike Shop, Powered by Schoenauer Service Course, will be managed and staffed by Chad Schoenauer, a longtime area bike mechanic and service manager. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry and the Asheville area road racing scene.
Schoenauer will rent a 700 square-foot space, with Kitsbow providing point of sale terminals, marketing assistance, and other support.
“Kitsbow has been a tremendous partner at startup, and no doubt will be in the future,” Schoenauer said. “Kitsbow has already developed an excellent customer experience with the Old Fort Ride House. SSC will enhance the Ride House experience and vice versa.”
He said with Kitsbow’s help, many of the barriers for beginning his shop have been eliminated.
“Not only is the space itself ideal for a shop, but it’s also within an extremely secure building, has awesome lighting, compressed air lines installed, fixtures, furniture, and even shelving has been shared with SSC,” said Schoenauer, who added he will provide his own tools. “They have graciously allowed me to utilize the Ride House POS, saving a lot of time and expense. Unifying the customer experience is extremely important to Kitsbow and SSC. I am thrilled to work with these folks. (CEO) David Billstrom knows that when SSC benefits, Kitsbow will as well.”
The Ride House is located next to the manufacturing facility and is on the doorstep of 70,000-plus acres of public land and more than 40 miles of trails in and around Old Fort. The bike shop will be part of other amenities already offered, including a cafe, device-charging stations, bike racks, public restrooms, changing rooms, and free filtered chilled water.
While bike sales and rentals are not yet part of the shop’s rollout, it likely will be the next step, said Billstrom, who added the company is talking to several major brands about hosting a demo center.
In addition to service, Schoenauer will “act as a concierge to help choose your new bike,” Billstrom said. “I think he’s going to have a robust business building bikes for people who buy them on the internet. We are supporting him in many ways to hit the ground running.”
And because of the bike boom, Schoenauer predicts a fast start.
“Most shops are out three-plus weeks for turnaround,” he said. “This is where the greatest opportunity lies. This is especially so for an area such as Old Fort, which is seeing growth in the outdoor recreation sector, particularly in cycling.”
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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Hopkins International Airport early Tuesday debuted the long-delayed $3.5 million Ground Transportation Center, for rental-car, off-site parking and hotel shuttle drop-offs and pick-ups.
The project has been years in the making, as airport officials have struggled to ease congestion on the increasingly crowded roadways in front of the terminal.
Features of the new facility include wooden benches, overhead lighting and heating, plus wide, covered walkways. The facility is immediately north of the terminal, just off the baggage claim area on the airport’s lower level.
Construction started in March 2020, just as the coronavirus pandemic was bringing air travel to a halt in Cleveland and elsewhere. Work was expected to be completed last year, but unanticipated underground work delayed the project, as well as some COVID-related supply shortages, according to officials.
In addition, there remains some work to finish, including completion of a walkway to the Red parking lot and relocation of taxi cabs to the new location.
Airport Director Robert Kennedy said adjustments to the operation would be made based on feedback from travelers. “We’ve had a lot of good comments,” he said Tuesday afternoon. “We’ve had some negative ones too. And there are some people who want to be dropped off back on the roadway.”
The airport started rerouting some commercial traffic off the main terminal roadway back in 2015, during a facelift to the terminal façade. Instead of dropping customers at the terminal curb, shuttle buses for off-site parking lots and hotels were directed to a new spot near the airport garage, which necessitated a longer walk for travelers, plus trips up and down two escalators to get to the main ticketing and gate areas.
The changes, according to airport officials, were necessitated by an increasing number of local travelers using the airport, putting stress on the terminal roadways.
Travelers, however, were not happy about the longer walk, sometimes with luggage or kids in tow. In response to the criticism, airport officials in 2019 moved the drop-off and pick-up spot to the current Ground Transportation Center area, just north of the terminal.
Both locations, however, were considered temporary fixes, with flimsy structures providing little protection from the elements.
Those temporary structures have been replaced by more permanent and pleasant open-air canopies and waiting areas.
“It’s an easier, more intuitive location,” said Kennedy. “It should be more customer friendly.”
This new center isn’t exactly a long-term solution, either. Eventually, the Ground Transportation Center will be relocated again, as part of a much larger, $2 billion plan to rebuild the terminal at Cleveland Hopkins.
Read more: $2 billion plan to rebuild Cleveland Hopkins International Airport includes four new concourses, I-71 interchange, more
That may not happen for anther decade, however. In the meantime, here’s who will use the new facility:
* Travelers who use off-site parking lots, including Park ‘N Fly, Park Place and others.
* Travelers headed to one of several nearby hotels.
* Travelers headed to or from the airport rental car facility on
The transfer center is the first phase of the Springfield-Sangamon County Transportation Center, an $80 million project designed to bring together Amtrak trains, SMTD buses, paratransit vehicles, airport shuttles and taxis just northeast of the Sangamon County building on Ninth Street.
The company was the project’s only bidder, confirmed county board chairman Andy Van Meter, following the special board meeting.
Five firms in all were” interested” in the project, Van Meter said, but it presented some “unusual” time constraints that may have chased other firms off.
Board members were worried until the bid was open, but R.D. Lawrence offered “an excellent bid that was within 2% (of the cost) Hanson Engineers laid out,” Van Meter said. “We have every degree of confidence that this is a very competitive bid.”
Hanson Engineers is responsible for providing overall engineering design services and management for the $356 million Springfield Rail Improvements Project, which seeks to alleviate rail congestion in downtown Springfield by consolidating train traffic from Third Street to 10th Street.
The transportation center is part of that overall project.
R.D. Lawrence’s high-profile work includes repairs to The Coliseum (now The Coliseum of Champions) at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and a renovation of the Governor’s Mansion.
R.D. Lawrence president John Goetz said the project will be headed up by Aaron Gorbett.
“We have to issue all of our sub-contracts and purchase orders with suppliers,” Gorbett said. “After we receive those back, work could start. There’s a little bit of demolition to do and a little bit of upgrade to some existing parking lots where the (temporary bus transfer station will go) until the overall project is completed.”
Gorbett said about 20 to 25 workers will be part of the project through its completion, scheduled for February 2023. At other junctures of the project, that workforce will increase, Gorbett said.
“It’s a fantastic firm to be working with,” Van Meter said. “(Its) sub-contractors are primarily local as well, employing local people.”
SMTD moved its transfer center to 11th Street between Adams and Washington streets from Fifth Street and Capitol Avenue in early 2019. It was seen as a “stopgap” before construction of the center.
Part of the transfer center is another building that will allow riders to purchase bus tickets and food, said Sangamon County administrator Brian McFadden. There will also be some SMTD dispatch operations and offices for those working on the construction site.
Time is of the essence, McFadden added, because prices of material are “very volatile. It is a pretty aggressive schedule as far as getting the new asphalt surface in place. That has to get done probably before November.”
A parking garage, Amtrak station, SMTD transfer center and county
UW redshirt freshman center Joe Hedstrom had a big scare scare when his father almost lost his life from a bicycle accident on April 5. (Photo: Rick Wood, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
MADISON – Joe Hedstrom feared the worst when he learned the details of the gruesome injuries his father suffered during a bicycle accident on April 5 in Minnesota.
Peter Hedstrom suffered a traumatic brain injury, a skull fracture, a broken collarbone, three broken ribs, bruised lungs and a fractured ear canal.
“Once you hear that you break down a little bit,” Hedstrom, a redshirt freshman center on the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, said by phone Tuesday. “Your thoughts when things happen like that tend to go to the worst-case scenario. So, I definitely thought about things like that.”
About losing his father, who is only 59.
Later that night, doctors delivered an encouraging update.
“It was great news when we heard he was stable,” Hedstrom said. “He’s not going to die today. He’s going to make a full recovery, Lord willing.”
The 16-plus days Peter Hedstrom spent in a hospital, including the first five in the intensive care unit, tested the strength of the family members, brought them closer together and in the end buoyed their faith because of the generosity of others who raised more than $17,000 through a gofundme page.
“It has been crazy to see the amount of support,” Joe Hedstrom said. “It has meant a lot to us.”
The ordeal started on a gorgeous spring day near Lake Minnetonka. Joe Hedstrom and his brother Eric were fishing. Peter Hedstrom and his wife, Sharon, went for a bike ride.
“They were going down a hill,” Joe Hedstrom explained, noting his father was wearing a helmet. “It’s a crappy part of the road with so many little divots and pot holes. They both had both hands on their bikes. They weren’t doing anything crazy. It was a freak accident in my mind.
“And my dad is so steady and careful. He is very careful about always driving the speed limit, always wearing a seat belt and always wearing a helmet, which was a huge deal.
“The helmet saved his life the doctors told us.”
According to Joe Hedstrom, his father was rushed by ambulance to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. His mother was allowed to ride along.
After spending five days in the intensive care unit, Peter Hedstrom was moved to a trauma rehabilitation floor. He was discharged from the hospital and returned home on April 21. According to Joe Hedstrom, his father is aware of his surroundings, speaking clearly and glad to be home. He isn’t allowed to drive or return to his job at a non-profit organization, however.
“Honestly, it’s just a miracle that he is doing as well as he is and he has been able to make such amazing progress in the last three weeks,” Joe Hedstrom said.
Sharon Hedstrom was the only member of the family allowed to see
Drivers and passengers can enjoy a clean Kia vehicle when they visit the Lehighton Kia service center.
LEHIGHTON, Pa. (PRWEB) May 02, 2020
Drivers have become more particular than ever before when it comes to cleaning the interior of their Kia vehicle. Not cleaning the interior of a vehicle allows for dust to build up, which can downgrade the performance of air vents and other components. It can also allow for stains to break down materials like leather quicker than normal. Of course, there is also always a concern over germs and bacteria.
At Lehighton Kia, the in-house service center’s technicians offer cleaning and sanitation services on Kia vehicles. Thanks to their knowledge and experience, they can clean and sanitize difficult-to-reach areas while using effective, yet gentle cleaning solutions recommended by Kia.
While cleaning each Kia vehicle brought in, the technicians can do a thorough inspection of the vehicle to ensure that everything is in working order and drivers can continue to enjoy a dependable ride.
In addition to the in-house service center that specializes in Kia vehicles, Lehighton Kia provides a full range of services for Kia shoppers and owners, including a vast inventory of new Kia vehicles, a large selection of used vehicles from Kia and other brands, various financing options, and a huge inventory of Kia-certified parts and accessories.
Drivers interested in having their Kia vehicle cleaned and sanitized are encouraged to contact Lehighton Kia through its website at http://www.lehightonkia.com or by phone at 833-335-5077. Lehighton Kia is located at 1502 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive East in Lehighton.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that motor vehicle crashes and fatalities increased in 2012. Over 33,000 people died in crashes that year, an increase from the year before. Car accidents are among the most common types of crashes that cause injury. Many of these collisions involve two cars, but a large percentage of fatalities involve motorcyclists and pedestrians. In fatal accidents caused primarily by someone other than the decedent, the family of the decedent may bring a wrongful death suit.
If you are able to talk and move around after a car accident, you should exchange contact information and insurance information with the other driver. Although you may be tempted to argue about whose fault the accident was, it is best not to debate the issue or to concede that you were at fault. Admissions of fault made to the other driver or his or her insurance company are likely to weaken your position. In many cases, it is not clear whose fault a car crash was, particularly when multiple cars are involved.
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Usually an experienced plaintiff’s attorney will investigate all possible causes of an accident and bring in all potentially responsible parties. This allows the plaintiff the greatest possibility of full recovery of his or her damages. A plaintiff in the example above may be able to sue the construction company, the city, the drunk driver, the fatigued driver, and the manufacturer of the brakes.
A plaintiff bringing a lawsuit after a car crash has only one opportunity to obtain compensation for any injuries. If a victim sues only one party when there are multiple responsible parties, he or she has lost the opportunity to bring a suit against the other responsible parties.
In the example above, the jury will apportion fault among all parties found to be responsible. Often, one or more defendants will use the defense that the plaintiff is partially at fault. In those cases, the jury will also evaluate the plaintiff’s culpability. If the total award is $100,000, and the city is 10% at fault, the construction company is 20% at fault, the drunk driver is 40% at fault,
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UPDATE: The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says the child has been found and is safe. More information will be released Saturday morning.————————————————–An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing four-month old, after a car was stolen in Center Point.The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were alerted about 9:45 p.m. Friday that the infant was in a car seat when the vehicle was stolen on 5th Way NW.The vehicle is a silver 2019 Kia Sorrento, with the tag 58B5N33.As of 10:30 p.m., the search continues.WVTM13 will provide updates.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. —
UPDATE: The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says the child has been found and is safe. More information will be released Saturday morning.
An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing four-month old, after a car was stolen in Center Point.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were alerted about 9:45 p.m. Friday that the infant was in a car seat when the vehicle was stolen on 5th Way NW.
The vehicle is a silver 2019 Kia Sorrento, with the tag 58B5N33.