City Council in Woodstock, GA, Voices Opposition to Electric Scooters
WOODSTOCK, GA. – According to a news report published online at mdjonline.com, the Woodstock City Council has voiced opposition to dockless electric scooters in the City of Woodstock, Georgia. The city staff will begin drafting a proposed ban on the two-wheeled vehicles, which will come before the full council for a vote at a later date.*
Dockless electric scooters have become commonplace in larger cities, including cities around Georgia. The most well-known scooter companies right now are Bird and Lime, which allow users to rent a scooter through a mobile phone app. The vehicles can travel up to 15 to 20 mph and have grown into a popular alternative to walking or biking short distances within cities.
Georgia law requires scooter riders to wear helmets and prohibits use of the vehicles on sidewalks. But despite regulations designed to improve safety, some cities and counties are not in favor of the vehicles. For instance, the City of Marietta, Georgia, has banned electric scooters, and a number of cities are considering similar measures.
Woodstock joins that group, after a city council meeting in which members voiced their opposition to electric scooters.
“To me, it’s a nuisance,” said Council Member Colin Ake. “I understand last mile transportation is something that’s usually important and something we need to take care toward, but the fact that you can just grab one of these with an app and no helmet – the app makes you say, “Yeah, I’m going to wear a helmet,” but the vast, vast, vast majority of people do not. It is leading to injuries and deaths, including people from Woodstock. I don’t know if they have a place here in Woodstock.”
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