Will the City of Atlanta Enact Scooter Regulations in 2019?
ATLANTA, GA. – An online article from atlanta.curbed.com discusses proposed scooter regulations in the City of Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta City Council has been mulling regulations for the vehicles but is currently on winter break.*
Atlanta has found itself in the same position with e-scooters as other large cities around the county and other areas of the state of Georgia. Officials in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, recently placed an outright ban on the scooters – a move that mirrored one made by San Francisco, California.
Critics say scooters have showed up in cities around Georgia and university campuses without notice and seemingly overnight. The vehicles have raised safety questions and have become a nuisance for many students and residents. Incidents with Bird scooters prompted the Athens-Clarke County Commission to place a temporary ban on electric scooters in the county. Bird has to come pick up all of its scooters under the ban, and no other companies will be allowed to move in.
“We recognize this is an excellent alternative form of transportation,” said County Commissioner Jerry NeSmith. “We’re not against it. We just have public safety and equity issues.”
Atlanta officials feel the same way about the rate with which the scooters have descended on the city, but they aren’t ready to go as far as banning them. City council members have discussed setting regulations on parking, speed limits, and other safety guidelines for the vehicles inside the city. The city wants scooter companies to share data collected about the number of scooters in the city and how they are being ridden.
Atlanta officials also want to address equity, like Athens-Clarke County, because it seems like only affluent neighborhoods have access to the vehicles right now. However, with the council currently on break, the regulations are in limbo until 2019.
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