San Diego neighborhoods have been inundated with the neon colored services.
You have probably seen the pictures on social media which show brightly colored dockless bicycles left abandoned on the sidewalk, heaped high in a mass of metal or just taking up public right-of-way in San Diego.
Many neighborhoods have criticized the services as being more of a problem than they are worth and on Tuesday Coronado City Council declared them a public nuisance in their community reports NBC.
The ridesharing service is not allowed on Coronado, but that hasn’t stopped riders from peddling over to the island and parking them wherever they want. That convenience is their biggest selling point; renters don’t need to return their bikes to a designated station.
Services such as LimeBike, Ofo, and Mobike have invaded San Diego neighborhoods for a few months now and Coronado says they’ve had enough.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the City Manager outlined a plan that would have police tag the bicycles violating right-of-way laws. If the bikes are not removed within two hours they will be impounded which may cost the companies up to $100 per infraction.
Two managers from OFO who attended the council meeting did not like that resolution. They said paper tickets would make compliance problematic, suggesting instead that violations be reported through email or phone calls. They said they would try to work with San Diego and Coronado to stop the problem
OFO released a statement concerning the Coronado City Council’s concerns.
"At OFO, we strive to empower 'anyone, anywhere' with access to sustainable, convenient and affordable transportation options. We know that the dockless bike share model succeeds when there is close partnership and open dialogue with cities," said Katie Stevens, head of OFO public policy. "We appreciate the City of Coronado's concerns and have already suggested ways in which we can more closely collaborate without requiring the use of public resources. We look forward to continuing to work together."
In another report, The Pacific Beach town council also brought up the subject of dockless bikes on Wednesday. At that meeting, Zack Bartlett of LimeBike San Diego asked that residents be patient with them while they work out the kinks, "Bear with us if you can. We hope to bring value to your community and there is a learning curve."