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Rollfast 06-08-19 01:56 AM

Bikeshares are collateral damage in the Uber vs. Lyft war...
 
Right now in San Francisco. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/comp...-in/ar-AACyxef

I guess you need to get your own bike instead. I have eight anyway.

Isn't it bad enough there already?

Do us all a favor in the Bay Area and support BART. Skip this bankrupt ridesharing notion. Take a real taxi, train or bus.

pedex 06-08-19 03:47 AM


Originally Posted by Rollfast (Post 20968343)
Right now in San Francisco. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/comp...-in/ar-AACyxef

I guess you need to get your own bike instead. I have eight anyway.

Isn't it bad enough there already?

Do us all a favor in the Bay Area and support BART. Skip this bankrupt ridesharing notion. Take a real taxi, train or bus.

Race to the bottom.

UniChris 06-08-19 07:02 AM

The dispute in the article on the surface has nothing to do with app-hailed for hire vehicles, rather it's a simple contract dispute over the question if the exclusivity in the docked bike share contract also applies to dockless offerings.

To argue that the so called "rideshare" app-hailed hire industry is to blame, is to argue that they're only in the bike share business to keep a lid on it. As a possibility that is a legitimate question, but is there actual evidence to indicate it is the case?

Consider for example, if the goal were to keep a lid on bike share to keep people hailing cars rather than to actually run it as a business, why would they be competing against each other in the bike share realm? Wouldn't one of the companies doing a bad job in an existing city be enough of an impediment?

Rollfast 06-09-19 07:11 PM

But you'd prefer the Chinese predicament that was clealy shown a year or two back of huge piles of these things that they rounded up for scrapping because it was such a boondoggle?

Let me ask you, because I was there once, even if it was 1982...

Who's going to use these bikes? Tourists? When my high school group took a summer trip to the Oregon Coast and down to Marin County/O-Town 37 years ago I didn't see anything that made sense for it looking back at it.

Actually, it was fun just counting the BMWs and Corvettes as you traveled on the bridges. The Wharf is made for walking, going to the Steinhart Aquarium/California Academy of Sciences or most of anywhere required our school bus. We were involved in a minor traffic accident while we were there as it was and we had to camp in a state park outside of town on the Oakland side IIRC. Back then they had signage with seagulls on them that you could follow around much like a scenic or truck route, that was for the tourists too.

Some of the roads there are not exactly conducive to people just running around on bikeshares IMO.

And the other thing we all noticed was the emergence of this new disease with no name that was killing at least four people with funny sounding names/foreigners/whatever and we were just hicks from an Ag town of 3,000 who knew nothing except that our leader kept us to certain parts of town and not others. SHE knew.

The eighties were strange like that. Has anything really changed other than the makeup of the residents and the rent?

The rent was an issue in the second Herbie The Love Bug movie in 1974...remember that fire station Helen Hayes' character lived in?

jade408 06-12-19 02:19 AM

Lyft’s new ebikes can be docked or dockless. They are rolling out in the next few weeks.

cooker 06-12-19 12:39 PM

I don't think this has much to do with Uber. Lyft signed a contract with San Francisco to be an exclusive bike share provider and now they and the city are arguing about the details of the contract. Lyft thinks the contract covers both docked and dockless bikes, and San Francisco thinks it only covers docked bikes and that the city can give contracts for dockless bikes to other providers.

It's good that San Francisco is regulating bike shares in the city, so the taxpayer isn't on the hook for cleaning up the aftermath of failed bikeshare companies abandoning their bikes, and the streets aren't awash in bikes from multiple providers lying all over the place creating nuisance and risk - they just have to sort out the correct interpretation of the Lyft contract.

EDIT: Okay, yes, Lyft might hypothetically want an exclusive contract so they can limit the availability of shared bikes to encourage people to hail cars instead, but again that would be a contract issue where the contract would spell out how many bikes should be available for hire.

fietsbob 06-12-19 01:24 PM

.... too bad your computer science degree requires you have to live in those places, to find work..

Rollfast 06-16-19 06:58 PM

But there were the Good Old Daze, when you just went there to seek free things, free love and the Free Clinic.


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