The Big Bike Dilemma: The Bike-Share Supply Chain Breaks Down

By sfweeklyexcerpt

Bay Area Bike Share’s hefty, powder-blue cruisers have been rolling through S.F. since August 2013, and Heath Maddox, manager of SFMTA’s bikeshare program, is eager to see more of them.

“The chief complaint people have is that they want the system to be bigger,” says Maddox. “We couldn’t agree more.”

But S.F. can’t get a bigger system, not because it can’t afford the additional bikes (the money for 15 new stations in S.F. and 15 more on the Peninsula has been in place for a year), but because the companies contracted to produce the bikes are in turmoil — one is bankrupt and the other is up for sale… (more)