Pima County has spent almost $4,000 to repair, replace and maintain the six bicycle repair stations installed along the Loop.
According to a Pima County document, there have been more than 32 incidents requiring the county to repair a portion of the FixIt station or in one case replace an entire station that was stolen.
The repair stations were added to the Loop in May 2013 and were designed to give people a place on their ride to perform basic bicycle maintenance.
Matt Zoll, Pima County’s bicycle and pedestrian program manager said they knew going in theft and vandalism would be a problem, but no one was sure how much of a problem it would be.
“I don’t know what anyone really had and expectation [of how much vandalism would occur],” Zoll said. “That being said, it’s a shame people are vandalizing and stealing public resources.”
Zoll said some stations have been moved and one was discontinued because of the vandalism, but the county is continuing to maintain and repair them.
“The consensus is, this is an acceptable level [of maintenance],” he said.
The county however is not considering adding any new stations.
By far the most costly incident occurred when an entire station was stolen on Sept. 30, 2013. The cost to replace the station was $1,200.
Tool theft represented the vast majority of reported incidents related to the FixIt stations.
Zoll said they have investigated ways to monitor the stations including using surveillance cameras, but ultimately it is “very costly” to do so.
2 thoughts on “Loop repair stations result in big maintenance costs”
Whose consensus? Did I miss the poll?
Somebody help me, but I can’t think of one communal resource that has worked around here at a non-prohibitive cost. The county must have some throw-away funds. Can’t believe cameras to monitor were even thought about
Suggest Pima County learn the lesson, cut its losses and get rid of them. Why should bedazzled Pima County bureaucrats involve themselves with this kind of bike repair and maintenance?
The con rolls uphill, get’s own legitimacy and carefully-coaxed inertia. Pima County fell for it. It shouldn’t have.
Here’s the tell…
“Zoll said they have investigated ways to monitor the stations including
using surveillance cameras, but ultimately it is “very costly” to do so.” (Tucson Bicyclist, this date)
What is next from Pima County? Car repair stations, lube, oil and filter stations, air up your car tire stations?