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Dockless bikes in OB raises concerns with residents

OB brings up concerns over dockless bike services in their area.
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LimeBike

Another San Diego community is already voicing their concerns over dockless bikes and the program hasn’t even officially launched there yet.

Ocean Beach residents are notoriously picky about the businesses they allow into their neighborhood and the recent controversy regarding bike-sharing services such as LimeBike and Ofo were brought up a the Ocean Beach Town Council last Wednesday.

Larry Gustafson has lived in OB for over six decades and was in attendance at the meeting. Like many others he said the bikes are a nuisance reports Fox 5.

“I think they should pick them up and return them to the same place," said Gustafson.

"We walk our dog down to Sunset Cliffs around the neighborhoods and you have to walk around the bikes," Gustafson added. "My wife eventually is going to trip over one."

The meeting began with a discussion about the bike service with about a dozen complaints from citizens.

Representatives from the three top dockless companies, LimeBike, Ofo and Mobike sat in.

One town council member said, “There were five to 10 bikes that just appeared overnight.”

Zack Bartlett, general manager of LimeBike San Diego tried to allay peoples fears over the project, “We’re asking people just to bear with us and view the positives.”

He went on to say that the service is only officially available in Imperial  Beach, National City and San Diego; it hasn’t launched in Ocean Beach yet. And the bikes are tracked nightly and picked up. But depending on the ridership, they often end up outside those areas

“If one ends up in San Ysidro and it’s constantly getting rides then, by all means, we like to see that,” said Bartlett.

One resident was excited about the dockless accommodations.

“I think they’re great,” said Trevor Stine who teaches at NewSchool of Architecture and Design. “They’re good for the health of future generations here in San Diego and it goes towards helping our city’s climate action plan."

He attests that he's seen the service do very well in China. 

“I saw it work with a city of 20 million people so I know if it can work efficiently there, it can work here,” said Stine.

Residents can report bikes say the representatives, and they will be removed quickly.