“San Francisco District 9 supervisor Hillary Ronen sent a letter to ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft Tuesday asking them to use geofencing technology to find safe places for pickups and dropoffs – and to test such a system on Valencia Street, notorious for rideshare cars blocking the bike lanes…
Geofencing would tell passengers where to go for a safe pick up and directs the car-share driver to that location.
The letter asks the companies to work with the city to identify places for the cars to pick up or let out passengers and enforce that using the technology.
“The lack of space on the street forces your drivers to break the law and block the bike lane when they drop off or pick up their customers,” Ronen wrote, also alluding to “your drivers’ disregard for existing traffic and parking regulations.”
a driver dropping off a passenger in the bike lane on valencia st. flickr/jef
“Though Ronen voiced support for infrastructure changes – like protected bike lanes – that would physically bar cars from entering the bike lanes, she noted in her letter that such a project would take time, study, and funding to complete.
Her letter was sent hot on the heels of another letter (sfexaminer, 07.11.17) from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to the ridesharing companies asking them to participate in a pilot program testing dedicated rideshare parking spots.”