SF won’t grant new bikeshare permits during legal battle with Lyft

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

Ride-hail company sought temporary restraining order against SFMTA.

It’s official: San Francisco won’t be granting any new bikeshare permits until its legal tussle with Lyft concludes.

Lyft, which operates the bikeshare outfit Bay Wheels, formerly known as Ford GoBike, sought a temporary restraining order against the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency last Friday, seeking to block it from entering into new bikeshare agreements.

That was the opening engagement in Lyft’s lawsuit with SFMTA, which also was filed June 7, and ultimately will see the ride-hail entity defend its exclusivity contract to operate bikeshare in San Francisco.

Wednesday, however, the first tussle came to a muddled conclusion… (more)

One may assume that neither party is benefiting from the public/private partnership.