01/04/2019 — Atlanta, Georgia — A man rides a Lime Scooter on Peachtree Street in Atlanta’s Midtown community, Friday, January 4, 2019. (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Super Bowl in Atlanta: Scooters seen as way to get downtown from cheaper parking in Midtown

With the Super Bowl in Atlanta and fans heading downtown this week for festivities leading up to the game, many parking prices in the area have gone up and some see scooters as part of a solution.

Some parking lots in downtown Atlanta are now charging a $20 flat fee. Parking will cost much more for the actual game. Super Bowl parking permits at NFL managed parking locations cost $100 a car, $200 for a limousine or Sprinter van, $250 for a mini bus and $300 for a bus.

Parking rates have already caused some to search for cheaper parking -- and areas with less traffic to get in and out.

Chelsea Habermas, operations manager for electric scooter rental company Lime, said some people are using scooters to get from their cars to downtown.

The scooter trend has had its detractors, with some concerned about safety and regulations. Yet scooters abound on streets downtown as tourists roam about for pre-Super Bowl activities.

“If you had to park real far, you can ride it down to your car,” said Habermas, stationed at a Lime hub in front of CNN Center. For cheaper parking, “some people have parked in Midtown and they’ve ridden down here.”

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