Officials in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia Ban Electric Scooters
ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news report from wsbtv.com, a county in Georgia recently banned electric scooters and ordered a popular scooter company to pick up the vehicles already in the county.*
Officials in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, say scooters from the company Bird showed up in cities and on the University of Georgia campus “without any notice.” 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 will have to come pick up all of its scooters under the ban.
“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.”
Since the scooters arrived on campus, the University of Georgia has impounded 1,200 of them for illegal parking, and the college has fined Bird more than $700,000. UGA senior Alyssa Hartman said the scooters were dangerous, and she was glad to see them leave campus.
“Yeah, [they’re] really dangerous,” Hartman said. “I think at Georgia Southern, they’ve had a few accidents with the scooters. I feel it’ll happen here eventually, so it’s safer to get rid of them on campus.”
Cameras mounted to the front of UGA buses showed some close calls with scooter riders on campus, and the college said it had no intentions of partnering with Bird to bring the scooters back. But some students are hoping that might change.
“I’ve seen the video of people cutting off buses and slowing down traffic,” said UGA sophomore Raj Patel. “But if I’m late to class, and I don’t have time for an Uber, I can get on a Bird and take it to class and be there on time.”
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