City of Alpharetta Considering Ban on Dockless Scooters
ALPHARETTA, GA — According to an online news report at patch.com, the City of Alpharetta is considering banning dockless scooters, noting that there are safety concerns and the potential for the devices to create a public nuisance.*
At a City Council meeting held on Monday, May 20, 2019, the administrator of the city noted that towns and cities across the United States are currently facing an increase in the integration of the new technology into their current systems of transportation.
"One area where this growth is moving at a fast pace is the deployment of dockless shareable mobility devices, such as bikes, including electric assist, and electric scooters," the administrator noted. "While these devices may have some potential to assist in 'last mile' transportation, they can also pose risks to public safety, become hazards or block sidewalks, or even pose questions relative to personal privacy and data sharing."
Many dockless scooter companies such as Bird and Lime, are motivated to have communities include a large percentage of these devices with the hopes that it will influence elective officials to ensure that the devices become mainstream.
"In every city on which the scooters have descended, city officials have been barraged with complaints about abandoned scooters in sidewalks, accidents, and 'near misses' with helmet-less riders on busy streets," the administrator noted.
According to Grady Memorial Hospital, it estimates that it treats eighty to one hundred scooter injuries on a monthly basis, with injuries spanning from broken bones to traumatic brain injuries. Across the country, there have been at least one thousand five hundred scooter related injuries since 2017, per a study conducted by Consumer Reports. There have been at least four scooter related deaths nationally. These studies have been conducted in areas with a high volume of dockless scooters, which includes Atlanta, Georgia.
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