LimeBike Hopes To Roll Out Dockless Bike Rentals

by Fiona Lee : hoodline – excerpt

Red and Blue, and soon green. How does this not feel like a living ad on our streets? Photos by zrants.

If it yells does it sell? What happened to our sedate San Francisco fashions and architecture? How are these brightly colored, blue and green monstrosities with their blaring logos allowed to clutter our streets when merchants’ street signage is so heavily regulated? Must we be constantly accosted by ads on the Muni, BART floors, bus shelters and streets? Is this what happens when a city loses its artistic compass?

Joining Ford GoBike and Jump, another company plans to enter the San Francisco market; based in San Mateo, LimeBike aims to bring dockless bike rentals to the city.

The company—backed by venture capital firm Andreesen Horowitz—does not yet have a launch date and is still working on the permit process put in place after locals found bikes from Bluegogo, a Chinese company, reportedly dumped on city streets(more)

 

 

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Artists alter Islamophobic ads on SF buses, MUNI adds disclaimers

By Nora : electronicintifada.net – excerpt

Days after shockingly racist and Islamophobic ads started appearing on city buses in San Francisco — paid for by a notorious anti-Muslim group led by notorious racist Pamela Geller — anonymous artists wheatpasted over the ads with an image of a hand and a stamp with the words “HATE SPEECH.”…
Additionally, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA) posted full-sized disclaimer placards on MUNI buses that carry the Islamophobic ads. The disclaimer says that “SFMTA policy prohibits discrimination based on national origin, religion, and other characteristics, and condemns any statements that describe any group as “savages.”…
“San Francisco said, ok, we’re not going to touch that with a ten-foot pole,” Billoo said. “We’ll give her the ad space. And so they caved because of the fear [of a lawsuit].”…
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Some attorneys disagree with SFMTA’s stance, that a New York judge’s free speech determination has merit in a San Francisco case. We have not heard the end of this.