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City Counsel of Alpharetta Bans Dockless Scooters

June 20, 2019

ALPHARETTA, GA — According to an online news report at, the City of Alpharetta has issued a ban on dockless scooters due to safety hazards and the potential for them to cause a nuisance.*

The City of Alpharetta has issued a ban on e-scooters due to safety and nuisance concerns.  The City Council unanimously approved during the May 20, 2019 Council meeting that bans shareable dockless scooters.  According to the Alpharetta Administrator, 

"One area where this growth is moving at a fast pace is the deployment of dockless shareable mobility devices, such as bikes, including electric assist, and electric scooters," the Administrator noted at the May 20thCouncil meeting. "While these devices may have some potential to assist in 'last mile' transportation, they can also pose risks to public safety, become hazards or block sidewalks, or even pose questions relative to personal privacy and data sharing."

Many dockless scooter companies, including Bird and Lime, are motivated to interduce shareable dockless scooters into areas to place a large amount of them in a community without them noticing.  They feel that if they introduce them and they become increasingly popular, the public will seek to have scooters become a common method of transportation.  

"In every city on which the scooters have descended, city officials have been barraged with complaints about abandoned scooters in sidewalks, accidents, and 'near misses' with helmet-less riders on busy streets," the Administrator said.

One hospital in Georgia has tallied the number of scooter related injuries. They indicate that the hospital receives about eighty to one hundred scooter related injuries on a monthly basis, which includes serious head injuries and broken bones. Across the United States, there have been one thousand five hundred injuries associated with the use of dockless scooters since 2017, per a Consumer Reports study that was just published this past February.

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