Lyft has sued the city of San Francisco. Or, to be more precise: Bay Area Motivate, the local subsidiary of the bike-share company that Lyft acquired last summer, is suing San Francisco. The dispute is over bike-share operations, and who is allowed to run bike-share programs in the city.
When Lyft announced in June 2018 that it would acquire Motivate, the largest bike-share operator in North America, the ride-hail company said it would also acquire Motivate’s bike-share contracts. This was an important part of the Motivate acquisition: The company has struck exclusive contract deals in places like the Bay Area, where Motivate operates as GoBike, New York City, where it operates as Citi Bike, and Chicago, where it operates Divvy Bike.
But the city of San Francisco seemed to challenge that exclusivity late last month, when it announced it would open up a permitting process for a larger dockless [...]