Scooters

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Scooter-related incidents in Georgia have left four people dead and at least one person injured since May.

While many cities across the state have banned scooters, Atlantans of all backgrounds — pedestrian advocacy groups, city officials, scooter companies — are still arguing about what to do. 

 

Last summer, scooters simply showed up and began dotting the sidewalks and streets in Atlanta. Now, e-scooters are controversial among Atlantans and a burden for the mayor and Atlanta City Council.

 

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced on Thursday a nighttime ban on e-scooters and bikes. Starting Friday, the dockless devices won’t be available for rent between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.

The decision comes on the heels of multiple fatal crashes involving scooter riders. Four riders have been hit and killed since May.


a man parks his rented dockless scooter outside of a restaurant in Atlanta
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Another electric scooter rider has been fatally hit by a vehicle in Atlanta, the third such death since the e-scooters arrived in the city last year.

News outlets report Atlanta police say 34-year-old Amber Ford died Thursday after being hit by a car over the weekend. A witness told police the driver fled the scene.

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The city of Atlanta will stop accepting permits for dockless devices, like e-scooters and bikes, until Aug. 5.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order Thursday, telling the department of planning to stop issuing any new permits for the scooters.

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Dozens of people gathered in downtown Atlanta during Wednesday’s rush hour to create a human protected bike lane.

The move came just a week after William Alexander was hit and killed by a bus while riding a scooter on West Peachtree, where the makeshift bike lane was assembled. The sidewalk on that road has been blocked due to construction.

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Police have filed misdemeanor charges against the driver accused of fatally crashing into an Atlanta man who had been riding an electric scooter.

News outlets report that 36-year-old Narcory Wright is charged with speeding and second-degree homicide in connection with the crash outside an Atlanta MARTA station last month.

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Atlanta's City Council passed new rules for electric, dockless scooters Monday.

Bird, Lime, Uber and Lyft all operate hundreds of electric, dockless scooters in Atlanta without a permit.