The New 'Mission Moratorium': Bikeshare

Neighborhood groups in the Mission District of San Francisco, already a hotbed of gentrification and displacement controversies, are opposing the expansion of the city's bikeshare system into a large, transit-adjacent area of the city.

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August 10, 2017, 1:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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"The Mission District is calling for its second 'moratorium,'" according to an article by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez. "Though a 2015 proposal called on city leaders to stop market-rate development in the neighborhood, citing gentrification fears, this newest moratorium has a different target: bikesharing."

The Ford GoBike (formerly known as Bay Area Bike Share) has recently become a source of scorn from anti-gentrification advocates, after a picture of a "dismantled" Ford GoBike picked up a measure of virality.

Now members of the Calle 24 group, advocates for the Mission District, have asked For GoBike to keep a large swath of the Mission off limits, "including locations near the 16th Street and 24th Street BART Stations," according to Fitzgerald Rodriguez.

"The call for a moratorium follows the tumultuous rollout of Ford GoBike in San Francisco," explains Fitzgerald Rodriguez. "In June, the number of bikes available Bay Area-wide expanded to 3,500," and so far "about 15 stations and 400 bikes have been subject to vandalism…"

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