BACKGROUND | North Fulton prepares for e-scooters, but do they need to?
Bird Scooters sit parked on the sidewalk of Euclid Avenue Northeast in Atlanta’s Little Five Points community, Friday, January 4, 2019. (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
The city staff's report said the rollout model for some companies "is to simply place a large volume of them in a community without notice, betting that riders will encourage elected officials to change city infrastructure and enact regulations to ensure the devices become an essential part of transportation."
Not all companies adhere to that model.
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Staff also mentioned that Georgia's largest hospital, Grady Memorial, estimates it receives 80 to 100 scooter-related injuries a month that range from head injuries to broken limbs. People are getting hurt across the country; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is studying scooter injuries in Austin, Texas.
Staff said they were committed to improving mobility but that it had to be safe. And scooters don’t appear to be safe enough, according to the report.
Drinkard said the City Council asked that small changes be made, which will be heard and voted upon at the Council’s meeting on May 28.
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The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as 20-year-old Eric Amis. Jr.