A man rides a Lime Scooter on Peachtree Street in Midtown earlier this year. (Photo: ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
In the months since, the cities of Atlanta and Decatur have passed regulations permitting the scooters and mandating where and how they can be ridden. Marietta, meanwhile, banned the devices outright.
“We know the problem with the scooters,” said Brookhaven Councilman Joe Gebbia, who initially opposed the ordinance. He highlighted the potential safety risk surrounding the scooters, since hospitals around Atlanta have reported seeing more and more scooter-related injuries.
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Gebbia pointed out that humans walk about about 3 mph, and “anything twice over what people walk is a hazard.”
He ended up voting in favor of the ordinance after the limit for each company was dropped from 100 to 50 scooters.
The devices have already been spotted around Brookhaven, but Tuesday’s ordinance officially allows them and puts laws in the books that oversee them.
“I do think it’s important to regulate this as soon as possible,” said Councilwoman Linley Jones. “Time and experience will tell us if our ordinance needs to be adjusted.”
The ordinance requires that scooter users ride on the street, unless they are on thoroughfares with speed limits higher than 35 mph. It also requires that riders under 16 must use a helmet.
It also sets out strict guidelines for parking, similar Atlanta’s rules. For example, they must be upright, not blocking a sidewalk, and not in the street.
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Channel 2's Tom Regan reports