Privatization

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Latest data on where the GoBikes are shows they are not in the Mission stations photo by zrants.

PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC CURB SPACE: Too much real estate taken up by failing private enterprises, such as Ford GoBikes. https://member.fordgobike.com/map

We have been counting the Ford GoBikes at the stations in the Mission and they are not very popular. Most of the stations are practically empty all the time. They appear to be most popular on Harrison. We need to request that the stations that have no bikes be removed. Letter and comments to the Board and the people listed below are appreciated.

This is the count tonight according to the GoBike site. It matches what I have observed during the day. Right now it is 7:08 PM on November 1, 2018. The count is:

0 at 15th and Bryant (19 docks)
0 at 17th and Bryant (19 docks)
6 at 17th and Folsom (17 docks)
3 at 19th and Florida (16 docks)
0 at 20th and Bryant. (13 docks)
3 at Potrero and Mariposa (23 docks)
12 at Harrison and 17th (7 docks)
6 at Harrison and 20th (12 docks)
3 at 23rd and San Bruno (11 docks)
4 at 25th and Utah (the new stand that takes up an entire block) (18 docks)
37 bikes in the East Mission with 178 empty docks at this time.

How can anyone suggest we need more of these?

This is the reasoning for the need for these empty bike docks:

The docks are close to empty because people have taken the bikes out of them and used them to go places. If there were only 4 or 5, fewer people could use them, because they would always be empty or completely full. If there’s actual data that indicates a station isn’t being used (and we have public ridership data for every single trip, so this is extremely knowable), that’s a great argument to look at eliminating or downsizing it. Just looking around at the number of bikes you see is not that argument…

THE REAL REASON THEY ARE TAKING UP THE CURB SPACE: 
just pulled the numbers from the public dataset. In September, there were 627 trips that started or ended at Franklin Square at 17th and Bryant, or an average of 21 a day (I didn’t graph it, but the weekday number is higher). People went anywhere from downtown to Mission St. to 22nd St. Caltrain. The nearby station at Harrison and 17th was used 1,646 times in September.

The nearby station should work just fine for those people who are biking around the city. They can easily walk a couple of block to the more popular locations nearby.

THEY DON’T NEED 19 DOCKS TO PROVIDE 21 TRIPS A DAY.
THE REAL REASON THE DOCKS ARE THERE:
If the docks weren’t there, that public space would instead be t aken up by a couple of private cars parked there for most of the day, which hardly seems like a better use of space.

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