For this global shift toward micromobility to continue, we need thoughtful approaches that will make sure Atlantans’ concerns are addressed and that micromobility services are right-sized for what the city’s neighborhoods can handle. The mayor’s measured and thoughtful moratorium on new scooter permits in Atlanta is a step in the right direction, aiming to better organize the program while keeping service intact.
Lime is also taking proactive steps to address safety concerns. In early August, we rolled out a new feature in Atlanta to require riders looking to use a scooter late at night to go through additional steps to affirm they are not inebriated and are okay to ride. Safety is everyone’s responsibility — riders, drivers, and operators alike, but we will always look for new ways to build safety into our riders’ habits.
Taking the time to do things right must be a priority in Atlanta. Over the long term, properly integrating micromobility will only benefit the city and its vision for a sustainable transportation ecosystem. But right now, city leaders and scooter providers need to make sure micromobility services and the city grow together in the right way. Mayor Bottoms’ approach accomplishes just that, and will help ensure the long-term sustainability of the program.
Nima Daivari is the Atlanta community affairs manager for Lime.