A Decobike station installed on the Pacific Beach boardwalk has angered a number of residents, who say the area is too busy for them and they crowd a prime real estate area.
Home and business owners told NBC 7 that they were told the Decobikes wouldn’t be implemented on the boardwalk and described the installation of them as an “11th hour stab in the back.”
The company is installing a network of docking stations across San Diego as part of the mayor’s vision to increase biking between communities.
A Decobikes spokesperson said that in order to incorporate bike sharing into the region’s transportation plan, organizers must move forward with installation at the Pacific Beach boardwalk.
PB residents said they’ve worked for the past year to point out other ideal locations for the Decobike stands, but less than a month ago, they were blindsided by three stations on the boardwalk. Despite appeals to the mayor, the first one was installed, anyway.
Local business owners pointed out about 20 other bike rental places in the same area.
“This is going to attract people to rent bikes from a kiosk versus a local business,” said Pacific Beach homeowner Julia Boueres.
In response to the residents’ anger, a spokesman for San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said “we will continue to conduct performance reviews of the bike dock locations and make adjustments accordingly.”
“It is the City’s hope that this program will provide a convenient and easy-to-use way for residents and visitors alike to have a healthy and fun ways to get around San Diego,” city spokesman Jose Ysea wrote in a news release.