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Bay Wheels, the Lyft-owned on-demand bike rental service, obtained permission to convert three parking stalls on the east side of Brighton Avenue, just south of Ocean Avenue, into a station for 15 to 19 bicycles.
The station, which will be installed early next year a Lyft representative told the Ingleside Light, replaces the one originally planned for Granada Avenue south of Holloway Avenue.
The Ocean and Brighton avenues station fulfills the company’s mandate from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to serve riders of Muni’s 29 and 91 bus lines and the K-line on their first or last mile of their commutes;
The spokesperson said this location is better for proximity to businesses as well as bike routes that use Ocean, Holloway, Lee and Plymouth avenues.
“BayWheels expanding into the Ingleside will allow for greater mobility as residents avail of electric bicycles, but the high rental price of the privately-operated bikes deters usage,” outgoing SFMTA Citizens’ Advisory Council President Neil Ballard said. “SFMTA should offer rentable electric bicycles at a comparable rate to transit fare. Given how difficult it is to ride a bike in a city with a piecemeal network of bike lanes, the least our transit agency can do is give us a break on the price to rent these bikes.”
Annual membership to Bay Wheels costs $149 for unlimited 45-minutes trips. Anyone over 18 can rent bikes. For more information, visit the company’s website.