I wanted to give everyone the chance to share information and the ability to gain access to free air pumps when they need them, no matter where they are.
Bloomington, IL (PRWEB) May 14, 2012
Just in time for summer vacation travelers converging on the nation’s roadways by auto, truck, and bicycle, FreeAirPump.com launches its traveler-friendly website providing a comprehensive map of gas and service stations across the U.S. and Canada.
For anyone who is tired of digging for loose change, or for bicyclists traveling light, this user-generated website maps thousands of gas stations and service stations across the United States and Canada with access to free air for their tires.
The brainchild of Brian Peterson, a senior at Illinois State University studying renewable energy and economics, FreeAirPump.com is a godsend for anyone who has ever attempted to top off their tires during a long trip, or fill a flattened bicycle tire without cash or change in their pocket, only to discover that every gas station they approached required cash for air.
California and Connecticut are the only two states that mandate a no-charge policy for all service stations providing air pumps, which leaves travelers in 48 states in a frustrating position when they don’t have change for the air pump. The aggravation builds when those carrying no cash – not unusual in today’s age of card-wielding consumers– have to pay the ATM fee to withdraw cash to get change, to put 50 cents in the air pump.
For bicyclists, the ability to find a no-charge air pump may be critical if they are riding without cash or cards.
Peterson spent months searching online and calling gas and service stations throughout the U.S. and Canada to build the site’s initial database of free-air locations. The site continues to grow as users log on and add new locations for free air.
“I wanted to give everyone the chance to share information and the ability to gain access, no matter where they are, to free air pumps when they need them,” Peterson says.
The beauty of FreeAirPump.com is the convenience, Peterson says. Travelers can plan ahead and print up mapped stations that provide free air directly from the site, or they can simply use their smart phones or tablets on the road to find a local free air station when they need one. There’s no cost or fees to use the site; all that is needed is Internet access.
Peterson plans to continue to build the site as a resource to travelers, and welcomes others to log on to the website to add new locations. For more information, visit the FreeAirPump.com website.