Turns Out San Franciscans Don’t Want Ford Bicycles

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After several bicycles were vandalized on opening weekend, we’re left thinking, what’s wrong with a good ‘ole Ford truck?

Ford is on a mission to change the way the world moves. It may sound crazy that an auto maker wants to push potential customers to other forms of transportation, but to Ford, it makes complete sense.

This concept of the Blue Oval becoming a “mobility” company is still relatively new, but it’s already taking effect in cities across the country. One of those cities is San Francisco, where according to CBS SF Areacertain residents of the Mission District we less than enthusiastic about Ford’s bike-sharing program. In fact, they were downright violent.

Photos of vandalized Ford “GoBikes” made their rounds through social media, displaying helpless two-wheel machines hanging from trees, sporting flat tires, and even dumped in a pond. Several local officials commented that the “pods” where the GoBikes are secured impeded pedestrians, and simply “looked bad.”

Erick Arguello is a member of the 24th street neighborhood council and he commented that “They’re (the bikes) collecting that data to let Ford know where to place their Chariot shuttle buses.”

While defending a neighborhood is commendable, vandalizing private property such as privately-owned bicycles isn’t the way to solve a conflict. In fact, it makes the neighborhood sound like a total dump. But even more important is the following: why not let bicycle riders ride bikes, and Ford truck owners drive trucks?

Let’s just get along, folks.

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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