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Mission District Ford GoBike kiosks vandalized, again

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A Ford GoBike kiosk and bikes vandalized on Folsom and 15th streets, Friday, August 10, 2017. (Photo courtesy @R27D via @Twitter)
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At least two Ford GoBike kiosks at the edge of the Mission District were spotted vandalized Friday morning.

A bikeshare kiosk and bikes at Folsom and 15th streets were splashed with blue paint, and another kiosk at Folsom and 17th streets was splashed with pink paint.

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The incident was posted to Twitter user @R27D, who did not wish their name to be published. The vandalism comes amid rising tensions between some Mission District locals who have previously vandalized other Ford GoBike kiosks over fears that the bikeshare company is adding to Mission gentrification woes.

In response to the tweet, some in the public expressed disbelief. “Why? Good grief,” tweeted Richard Masoner, from the Twitter handle @cyclelicious.

The station vandalized at Bryant and 17th streets was spotted by Dan Brekke of KQED News, who tweeted a photo of the painted kiosk — near KQED headquarters — Friday morning.

The Ford GoBike Twitter account tweeted to @R27D, “Oh no! We’ll get our team out there, thanks for letting us know.”

Dani Simons, a spokesperson for Motivate, which administers Ford GoBike, told the Examiner they have filed a police report for both incidents, and said she was unaware of any other nearby Ford GoBike-related vandalism.

“We’ve sent out a crew already,” she said, “they’ve got a vast majority of the paint removed and they’ve got bikes cleaned, and we’ve got someone out to do power washing at the station hopefully this afternoon.”

Mission advocates told the San Francisco Examiner previously that Ford GoBike may not be a cultural fit for the neighborhood, and ignores low-income bike users and undocumented immigrants who fear the program’s technology tracks them.

Motivate responded that it no longer tracks its customers, and said it offers a $5 annual lifeline membership, though that cost bumps up to $60 annually after the first year.

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