When technology companies sue cities, it is rare to see a decision – albeit a temporary one – in favor of a technology company happening very quickly, If after all. San Francisco was sued In early June, he claimed that the city was in violation of a 10-year contract would give Lyft Exclusive rights to operate bike sharing programs.
Now, Lyft has been granted a temporary permit to deploy its electronic bikes that do not dock, and does not grant licenses to other operators. Lyft officially released her bikes on Friday.
"We are delighted to share our new ebikes with Knights in San Francisco," said Caroline Samponaro, President of Micromobility Policy in a statement. "We will be cycling from today and appreciate the patience of our passengers while we wait for the green light from SFMTA."
In a lawsuit, Lyft sought a preliminary injunction or temporary restraining order to prevent the city from issuing permits to non-stop operators to rent bicycles. While the court rejected Lyft's request for TRO, it agreed to an interim injunction temporarily preventing the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency from issuing permits to operators other than Lyft, without at least giving Lyft the first opportunity to make a proposal.
The entire process, called "right of first offer", may take months, according to SFMTA. That's why I decided to give Lyft a temporary permit to run up to 1900 of its hybrid electronic bikes, as well as its classic bikes provided through the station-based service, It was known as Ford GoBike.
"These new bikes will allow Lift to address the serious cycling problems that Bay Wheels has faced since Lyft removed its electronic bikes from service in April," SFMTA wrote in a circular. "Basically, the temporary permit allows the current system to return to its functions even as we negotiate with Lyft for possible expansion in the future."
The suit was in the light of the SF announcement that it would require requests from operators seeking permits to deploy additional bicycles non-stop. However, San Francisco said that the contract does not apply to the share of the bike that does not dock, but the share of the bike based on the station only. Well, one of the judges, along with Lift, said that the agreement "does not distinguish between fixed / stationary and fixed / fixed bicycles, so the plaintiff is entitled to the unconditional exclusivity of" conventional "bikes that are fixed or unstable during the duration of the agreement.
While the process continues in court, SFMTA also extended the JUMP permit for up to 500 non-stop bicycles to ensure more reliable services.
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