Lyft Nears Acquisition of Motivate, U.S. Bike-Share Leader

By Amir Efrati and Cory Weinberg : theinformation – excerpt

Lyft has agreed to buy Motivate, which runs some of the biggest U.S. bike-share programs, according to two people briefed about the deal. The acquisition, which is likely to be worth $250 million or more, will quickly insert Lyft into the small but fast-growing U.S. bike-sharing market.

The two companies have agreed on the terms of the deal, although it hasn’t been finalized, one of these people said. If a deal is consummated, it would put Lyft ahead of ride-sharing rival Uber, which acquired another bike-share service called Jump in April for around $200 million…(more)

That is what we really need on our streets. A takeover by Lyft and Uber. No doubt Conway has his fingers in this pie and will grease the wheels of the PUC and anyone else who needs convincing that Lyft and Uber are going to make them rich, or whatever motivates the sell-out to tech.

We called it the corporatization of our streets, and that is what it looks like. Lyft and Uber are the new Airbnb menace. There is no point in new entrepreneurs coming to set up shop in SF and because if there is am app that has not been crated to extract money out of our streets, these geniuses will invent it.

I suspect we will see a lot more street actions and disrupted traffic as soon as people figure it out. The only play voters have, is to oppose Regional Measure 3 and all the tax and bond proposals to pay for their roads. Don’t give them any more money. The 11 billion dollar budget is enuf. (Hope that is a typo and the real figure is still 10 billion.)

When you vote for Mayor and Governor think about who is most likely to support the public instead of corporations.

Call ‘shared economy’ what it is: business deal

Willie Brown : sfchronicle – excerpt

I don’t know about you, but I have had it with the “shared economy.”

The last time I looked in Webster’s dictionary, “shared” was defined as “to have or use (something) with others, to divide (something) into parts and each take or use a part.”

So in other words, a “ride share” is two or more people going from point A to point B, with both helping to pay for the ride. Like you “share” the cost of gas.

Here’s another word out of Webster’s: “paid,” as in, “being or having been paid” for a product or service.

That is what you do when you get into one of these cars. You pay. Sometimes you pay a lot. Sometimes, a heck of a lot if there is a convention or other big event in town.

It’s the same with house or apartment “sharing.” These are paid transactions. Straight up “What’s the price?” business transactions.

The only real “share” in the deal goes to the tech company that acts as the broker…

Many cities are saying “no” to the shared economy. If San Francisco doesn’t figure it out, the next dot bubble burst will probably kill some of them off.

Flightcar: San Francisco sues unruly SFO car rental startup from Santa Clara

By Joshua Melvin : mercurynews.com – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO –A Santa Clara car rental startup has provoked a legal dustup at San Francisco International Airport, making it the latest in a series of battles between rule testing tech entrepreneurs and officials.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is accusing FlightCar, Inc. of dodging fees and undercutting its competition at the airport so the city wants the startup to give a cut of its profits to SFO and follow a few rules or shut down.
In a lawsuit filed Friday in San Francisco Superior Court, Herrera argues FlightCar — which allows travelers to rent out their cars instead of paying for airport parking — also has flouted car rental agency rules.
No legal action has been taken on the city’s request to force the company to shape up or close down. FlightCar’s response to the suit is due by July 1.
But it’s yet another battle between tech-based transportation startups and those who would police them… (more)

 Not that we would ever consider allowing strangers to drive our car while we are out of town, but, what happened here? This shared vehicles project is not sanctioned by San Francisco because they forgot to offer the city cut? FlightCar parks these cars off site at their own expense.

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