Updated 4:35 p.m. Thursday
A Superior Court judge is siding with ride-service company Lyft in its legal battle with San Francisco transportation officials over the future of the city's shared rental-bike system.
Judge Ethan Schulman granted Lyft's request for a preliminary injunction barring the city from granting permits to about half a dozen other companies who want to operate dockless shared electric bikes.
In a tentative ruling made final Thursday afternoon, Schulman said that Lyft has been granted an exclusive right to operate a docked or dockless bike-share system using "traditional" pedal-powered bicycles under a contract negotiated by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and approved by the city in 2015.
But the issue at the heart of the case is who will get to operate the next generation of shared rental bikes in the city -- electric-assist bicycles that can be docked either in street kiosks like the city's current system or locked anywhere else in the city.