Decatur City Commission Adopts New E-Scooter Ordinance
DECATUR, GA – According to an online news report at decaturish.com, the Decatur City Commission adopted an ordinance to regulate e-scooters.*
The ordinance follows the release of e-scooters last year without notice to city staff. The city and the company that released the e-scooters ultimately reached an interim agreement for the use of e-scooters in the city. The Decatur City Commission took it one step further by adopting an ordinance.
The ordinance includes the following provisions:
- Riders of e-scooters must be eighteen or older.
- E-scooters are banned on streets or sidewalks if the e-scooter has speed limits greater than 35 miles per hour.
- E-scooters cannot be used in the city between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- The speed limit for e-scooters is 15 miles per hour.
- E-scooters must be parked in the “landscape zone” on sidewalks. This is the area between the curb line and the sidewalk next to bike racks and other areas that are designated for parking an e-scooter.
- The city is only allowing 50 e-scooters per company close to 101 East Court Square and a total of 75 across the city.
The ordinance also amends the city’s fee schedule to implement a permit fee to company in the amount of $4,000.
There is a great deal of concern regarding the behavior of e-scooter riders as well as safety.
One resident of Decatur, who is a retired neurosurgeon, indicated his concerns about riders who do not wear helmets. He notes that “I have also concerns about helmets and as a neurosurgeon, I’m a firm believer in wearing helmets, but I don’t know how this can be managed because people can’t put a helmet in their back pocket.”
The city did a comparison of e-scooters to bicycles when they developed the ordinance. In Decatur, bicyclists under the age of sixteen must wear a helmet, but those who are older cannot be forced to wear one.
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