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Debate Ensues in Atlanta Over Scooter Use and Regulations

November 20, 2018

ATLANTA, GA- According to, Atlanta is holding a public hearing about how to regulate scooters in the city. The scooters, provided by companies like Bird, are enjoyed by many people in the city, but they also are a source of frustration for others who feel that the scooters present traffic and pedestrian issues and are cluttering up the sidewalks because of the dockless business model.*

One regulation is that any scooters provided within the city limits will have a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour. Companies offering the scoters will have to provide information to customers about where they are permitted to use the scooters. Riders will also be encouraged to use helmets while riding the scooters. 

Parking is another issue. Scooters will have to be left upright, and cannot be in the grass, or in any place where they would become an obstruction for pedestrians, cyclists, or wheelchairs. Scooters can be left against buildings or in bike racks. 

The Atlanta Public Works Department will be tasked with enforcing the rules related to scooters. The city has also warned companies that if problems related to the scooters are connected to one company in particular,then that company will be at risk of losing their operating license or having the number of scooters that they are permitted to have in the city reduced. 

Each year, scooter operating companies will be required to pay a $12,000 licensing fee. Fines placed on the company could cost up to around $1,000 every day. Bird, which is one of the largest operators of the scooters in the city, says that they currently have close to 39,000 riders.

Users are intended to upload photos of their scooters being parked responsibly at the end of their ride. 

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