Show us the Contract

Show us the Ford/GoBike/Motivate/Lyft Contract

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Corporate takeover of 17th Street at Arkansas by zrants

Show us the contract and explain why it immune to amendments. We have witnessed a lot of amendments to a lot of contracts that were signed by the SFMTA on our behalf. What is sacred about this Ford/GoBike/Motivate/Lyft contact? Where is that contract? Who signed that contract? When and where and under what circumstances?

A number of surveys and recent public polls have shown a preference for station-less bike rentals such as Jump and Scoot. If that is the preference of the renters and that is the preference of the general public, why are we expanding Ford/GoBike/Motivate/Lyft stations in San Francisco? Is this another failed business model being propped up by investors at the public’s expense?

If the state CPUC is involved, it is time to talk to our governor wannabe’s about how they plan to fix that problem when they are elected. This is one of the largest thorns in our sides and it appears to be one of the governors’ responsibilities to release that entity from controlling our “shared” rental corporate entities tight control over our streets. http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/

We are happy to report that our Board of Supervisors has taken some steps in the right direction to engage the public by creating a process that the public can use to review and appeal the planed sites. See details here: https://metermadness.wordpress.com/actions/process/

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Uh oh! They’re using the ‘share’ word again: Ford GoBike Expansion

Op-Ed By Patrick Maley : sfexainer – excerpt

San Francisco has a resource curse. We are walking, biking, and riding (and also sitting or lying) on the most valuable public right-of-way in the world. Just as oil rich countries suffer waves of invasion and corrupt leadership as others seek control of their wealth, San Francisco has seen waves of extractivist companies bundling cash to elected officials for control of the road, leaving the traffic, the pollution, and the noise for the unlucky residents to deal with. If the companies can take the public commons and reserve it for the use of the wealthy (while paying nothing to the city but “cost recovery” for rubber-stamping this plunder) they’re as good as gold. This is the story of most of what the SFMTA calls “emerging mobility services and technologies.” A good rule of thumb is that if a company is using the word “share,” it probably means they’re robbing you… (more)

 

4 thoughts on “Show us the Contract

  1. Excerpts from a bccvoice article below show regional disdain for the corporatization of our public streets without public knowledge or consent. This process is being conducted by elected civil servants though financing deals with MTC. The MTC contract with Motivate that gives them exclusive rights to establish a stationed rental bike system, is the only contract that has been shared so far. This article was posted in November 2017.

    https://bccvoice.net/2017/10/18/broken-windows-bike-share

    “…The bad blood between Bay Area natives and big corporations like Ford is largely due to skyrocketing rents caused by increased housing demand. All decade long, mega companies (including Facebook, Uber, Twitter, Airbnb, and most notably, Google) set up shop in Silicon Valley. The aftermath, a steady surge in market values that borders on unbearable for members of the middle class, is dismantling the culture of the Bay Area. The traditional image of a Berkeley resident is not someone pushing a car company’s logo around on the way to a tech job.

    The program’s implementation bypassed standards of neighborhood courtesy. Neither Ford nor Motivate notified any owners of commercial properties or residences before implementing the 25-foot-long GoBike stations, causing disarray for homeowners and business owners alike…”

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