Bus shelter vandalism out of control
Aug 24, 2013 / 5:00 am
It would appear vandals have taken a liking to Kelowna's bus shelters - and it's frustrating the city's active transportation manager.
Mike Kittmer says he's at the end of his rope after dealing with a summer filled with broken glass all around the city.
Kittmer says seven or eight of the bus shelters have been vandalized over the past four or five weeks.
The latest, the shelter at the corner of Bernard Avenue and Gordon Drive.
"These are used around the world and they're very strong. We've had them since 2007 and we've never had breakage like this - I could count on one hand the panels we've had broken since this summer," says Kittmer.
"Now it's just constant."
Kittmer says it costs taxpayers $300 to replace each broken panel plus the cost of installation.
"Our meager bus stop maintenance budget handles things like improving accessibility for people so, if I'm replacing broken panels, I'm doing less of that."
Kittmer says he believes the damage is being cause by someone shooting something from a moving vehicle.
Aside from the cost, Kittmer says there is also the inconvenience to city staff and the riding public to consider.
"I think like anything we want to put amenities out there for people that makes transit more comfortable and makes it easier to use and gives people a place to sit and protects them from the weather. Then people come out and vandalize these things I'm guessing only for the fun of it," says Kittmer.
"Now it costs taxpayers money, it takes time for city staff who should be doing other things and it degrades the experience for the user. It gives the impression the facility is low grade or run down."
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