Posted By: Michael Cabanatuan : SFGate: City Insider – excerpt
BMW is shifting into a higher gear in San Francisco, drifting away from simply selling fancy and pricey cars.
Now you can pay BMW to borrow a car to run an errand across town or to find and reserve a parking space.
At a press conference in front of City Hall, BMW officials joined Mayor Ed Lee and city environmental officials to announce two new programs that aim to establish the German luxury car-maker’s credentials as a company that supports sustainability as well to broaden its reach into other parts of the transportation market.
The car-sharing program, known as DriveNow, allows people who enroll to use BMW’s 70-car fleet of ActivE all-electric cars, now parked at 14 locations around the city. The cars cost $12 for the first half hour and 32 cents for each additional minute….
Are public streets and taxi medallions really the property of the SFMTA, to be sold as commodities to the highest bidder? What next? A space at the beach where you can stand to see the sunset? We need a serious discussion about the concept of the public commons.