“We had close contact with the company’s community affairs manager,” she said. “They always picked them up—they did a great job responding.”
E Scooters first hit Decatur in Sept. 2018, when Bird dropped an estimated 200 on the city practically overnight, with Lime following in Dec. 2018. Bird pulled out about a year ago when the city began working on its ordinance that, among other stipulations, limited each company to a maximum 75 scooters.
Kumar said the city hit a peak of about 75 scooters in use in July, but the numbers dropped to between 45 and 55 in October, November and December.
“We can’t control that Lime is exiting the Atlanta market,” said City Manager Andrea Arnold. “But now we do have an ordinance in place and we’re ready for the next micro mobility opportunity that comes along.”