Lyft is suing the town of San Francisco, claiming that the town is violating its 10-year contract with Lyft that might give the corporate unique rights to function bike-share packages. San Francisco, nevertheless, says the contract doesn't apply to dockless bike-share, however solely station-based bike-share.
In its lawsuit, Lyft is in search of a preliminary injunction or momentary restraining order to stop the town from issuing permits to operators for stationless bike-share leases.
Though SF beforehand allowed Uber-owned JUMP to function its stationless electrical bikes, that was imagined to be a one-time exception since Encourage, which Lyft ultimately purchased, was not but able to deploy its stationless electrical bikes, the lawsuit states. JUMP’s pilot expires on July 9, 2019, however now the town is seeking additional operators to deploy stationless electric bikes.
“We're desperate to proceed investing within the regional bikeshare system with the MTC and San Francisco,” a Lyft spokesperson stated in a press release to TechCrunch. “We'd like San Francisco to honor its contractual commitments to this regional program — not change the principles in the midst of the sport. We're wanting to shortly resolve this, in order that we will ship on our plans to convey bikes to each neighborhood in San Francisco.”
Lyft says it has tried to keep away from litigation however that the SFMTA has refused to take part in its dispute course of.
“As we'll clarify to the courtroom, the settlement between Encourage and the Metropolis was a few docked bike share system,” John Coté, communications director for SF Metropolis Lawyer Dennis Herrera stated in a press release to TechCrunch. “It doesn't give Lyft the proper to a monopoly on bike sharing in San Francisco. Lyft can search a allow for dockless bikes on equal footing with everybody else.”
You possibly can see the complete grievance under.