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Plane to Bike Just Got a Little Bit Easier at Akron-Canton Airport

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Green Mayor Gerald Neugebauer, Nora Anderson, triathlete Nancy Lyon-Stadler and CAK president and CEO Ren Camacho stand in front of the airport's new bike assembly station

Akron-Canton Airport is looking to make it easier for travelers to Northeast Ohio to take advantage of the region’s bike trails.

The airport has unveiled its first bike assembly station.

Ren Camacho is the president and CEO of the airport.

“With folks looking to have healthier lifestyles, be more fitness oriented, we’re confident that this amenity will be both used by travelers and employees. So, we’re excited about the opportunity to provide that amenity.”

The benefits of the new station

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Triathlete Nancy Lyon-Stadler put her bike together at the new assembly station at Akron-Canton Airport.

One person who's excited about the addition is a Cleveland tri-athlete who travels the world with her bicycle. Nancy Lyon-Stadler is the USA ambassador on the USA Triathlon Team. She travels with her bike throughout the year. When she got a look at the area where she can assemble her bike at CAK, she was impressed.

“The lighting is good, the equipment is good. It’s set up really well and it’s so much better than a hotel room,” Lyon-Stadler said.

Nancy Lyon-Stadler is a civil engineer and WSP's Cleveland office lead. She is also a competitive triathlete who is a USA triathlon Team USA ambassador.

She says many times she’s had to assemble her bike in her hotel room under less than ideal lighting.

What's next
The initial sponsor of the station is NorthEast Ohio Safe Trails and Roads which donated all of the bike equipment for the station.

Camacho says the Hilton Garden Inn across from the airport will provide lockers for storing bikes. There are plans for a second assembly station at the airport.

This story has been updated.