Two bike counters installed, one promptly vandalized
Pima Association of Governments installed portable bicycle counters in two locations last week. Unfortunately one was vandalized just days after being installed.
One counter was installed near Mountain Avenue and Helen Street, while the other was installed on the north end of the Mountain Avenue bridge crossing the Rillito River.
The counter near Helen was sliced just a few days after PAG crews installed it.
PAG’s bicycle planner Ann Chanecka said she rode by the counter — which is made up of two tubes that send a message to an attached box when a cyclist rides over them — and noticed the damage.
She took the important pieces that weren’t locked down and is working to get it set back up before the school year starts.
The two counters were purchased in conjunction with the permanent counter located at Third Street and Country Club Road.
The price of the entire counting setup was about $2,000, although fixing the unit will not cost that much.