Ford GoBike again eyes the 24th street BART plaza

By Elizabeth Creely : missionlocal – excerpt

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Ford Gobikes on Harrison, across the street from a public bike rack. There are a few of those GoBikes near public bike stands on Harrison. photo by zrants

…If the proposal for the installation at 24th Street BART is accepted, the location will come equipped with the newest addition to Ford GoBike’s fleet: electric bikes.

There’s no date set for the new 24th street BART docks.

Depending on the location, either BART or the SFMTA has to officially sign off on the proposal before the installation can begin, and each agency has an approval process.

Jim Allison, BART spokesperson, said BART’s goal is to have 8 percent of its passengers accessing the trains by bicycle by 2022.  Already the agency has partnered with GoBike at 16th Street, and Allison said they “will review/approve any equipment on our property.”

If the dock is located on the street, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency will mail notices to all addresses within 250 feet about any pending installation, according to Heath Maddox, senior planner with San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Walsh acknowledges some lingering discontent with the service.

“Not everyone’s going to be happy,” she said in the plaza. But she also thinks that this time, the overall reaction might be different.

“Now people are used to seeing the bikes,” she said. “and we can show that people are using these bikes, and that they are providing a service. And so we’re back to engage in the conversation again.”… (more)

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E-bikes: Love them or hate ‘em, our readers have some strong opinions

Special to National Post : news.nationalpost.com – excerpt

We asked for your e-bike stories and you responded. Here are just a few:
I live downtown and have ridden an e-bike for over five years. I also am a cyclist with a traditional bike, a motorist, a rollerblader and a pedestrian, so I have seen the increase in adoption of e-bikes from many angles. One goal for e-bikes was to get people out of their cars. I think it has done that. Most of the objections to e-bikes seem to come from my fellow cyclists. There are a whole myriad of objections – e-bikes don’t follow the rules, they’re too fast, they’re too quiet, etc. To touch on just these three: Laws Some e-bikers don’t follow the laws; Many more cyclists disobey the laws. Speed E-bikes are restricted to 32 km/h; Many cyclists go a lot faster than that. Noise What is quieter than a regular bicycle? … (more)

I can’t believe this is really an issue, though I predicted it would be. Where do you draw the line and why bother to, between a bicycle, e-bike, motor scooter, motor cycle, and and all the other single person slower vehicles people can dream up to get around on?