Market Street’s $70,000 On Again/Off Again Bike Counter Back On (Again)

The bicycle barometer in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood had been turned off in June but was up and counting again today, a transportation agency spokesman said.

The electronic counter on the south side of Market Street between Ninth and 10th streets had been off for a city repaving project since June 8, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesman Paul Rose said.

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Crews worked Wednesday evening to reactivate the counter, which was back to tallying the number of bicyclists that pedal by in time for the morning commute, Paul Rose said.

The 7.5-foot-tall and 1.5-foot-wide device was installed in May.

The SF Bicycle Coalition gave a $20,000 donation toward the $70,000 installation project. The device aims to encourage bicycling as an alternate commute option.

Transit employees are working with the city’s Department of Technology and the Department of Public Works to maintain and monitor the barometer.

There were 2,254 riders tallied on the counter as of this afternoon.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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