Atlanta, Georgia, Mayor Orders ‘No Ride Zone’ for E-Scooters
ATLANTA, GA. – According to a news report posted online at patch.com, the mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, has ordered a “No Ride Zone” for e-scooters in the city. The order prohibits the operation of e-scooters during the overnight hours and comes as a response to several fatal accidents involving the vehicles in Atlanta.*
Effective August 9, 2019, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has ordered that people cannot ride dockless electric scooters on the streets of Atlanta between the hours of 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. each day. The Atlanta Planning Department has reportedly contacted the scooter companies that have vehicles deployed in the city and asked them to abide by the new No Ride Zone by disabling their app services during these hours.
The move from Mayor Bottoms comes after several tragic accidents have taken the lives of scooter riders in the city. These include one accident in which a young Alabama woman was tragically struck in a hit-and-run crash while riding an e-scooter during a visit to Atlanta with her husband. The mother of two was tragically killed.
“It is evident that immediate action is necessary to keep Atlanta’s residents and visitors safe,” Mayor Bottoms said. “Sadly, we have seen a pattern in the recent and tragic fatalities involving scooters — they all occurred after sunset. Having a variety of mobility options is critical to any city, but safety must be our top priority. This nighttime ban, while we continue to develop further long-term measures, will ensure the safest street conditions for scooter riders, motorists, cyclists, those in wheelchairs, and pedestrians.”
The city is also reportedly working to organize a more streamlined dockless e-scooter system, in which only a select number of scooter companies are allowed to operate in Atlanta. The process will involve creation of dedicated lanes of travel for scooters and bicyclists.
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