Now that we know just how bike-friendly SF is, it’s no wonder the city is looking to capitalize on the power of pedaling through SF.

As the Ex reports, bike rentals once rode a bumpy road to get to their current boom. But now, SF Rec and Park says they’ve seen a marked increase in bike rentals, so much so that they’re looking to expand operations to the Alvord Lake entrance to Golden Gate Park as well as to provide seasonal rentals at Ocean Beach.

Nick Kinsey of SF Rec and Park says “Currently, over 90 percent of the bicycle rental trips in San Francisco go over Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and either bike back or take the ferry back, and people have lunch in Sausalito. We would like to see those people biking in San Francisco, having lunch in San Francisco.”

In addition, Smaller, privately owned bike rental companies feel that they’re getting the short end of the stick as the city looks to monopolize bike rentals.

“I think it’s shameful of Golden Gate Park, [Mayor] Ed Lee and our city government to be bullying private businesses,” Golden Gate Park Bike and Skate owner Barbara Hobie says.

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Always in motion. April Siese writes about music, takes photos at shows, and even helps put them on behind the scenes as a stagehand. She's written everything from hard news to beauty features, as well as fiction and poetry. She most definitely likes pie.

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  • neutral_corner

    You’ve dropped the quote on us, but how does Hobie characterize the city’s activity as “bullying small businesses?” Can we get a little more detail on the story if you’re doing to use the headline to feature this “dismay?”

  • neutral_corner

    You’ve dropped the quote on us, but how does Hobie characterize the city’s activity as “bullying small businesses?” Can we get a little more detail on the story if you’re doing to use the headline to feature this “dismay?”