Is it just me or is the number of e-scooters transporting people around Georgia’s cities growing by the thousands every day? From perfectly aligned scooters on sidewalks to clusters of scooters turned over and damaged, this electric invasion is spreading across Georgia and challenging city officials to respond with regulations.
Georgia residents have grown into great fans of the top e-scooter companies, Bird Rides, Inc. and Lime, but haven’t practiced the most safe or responsible scooter etiquette. In an op-ed
by Alison Earles, GMA Associate General Counsel, she shares that, “In every city where the scooters have descended, city officials have been barraged with complaints about abandoned scooters on sidewalks, accidents, and ‘near misses’ with helmet-less riders on busy streets.”
Late last month more than 20 Georgia officials and staff held a conference call to address this potentially dangerous issue. As a result, GMA formed a 12-person working group to further explore the e-scooters and identify areas of concern, best practices and common ground as the 2019 legislative session nears. Working group participants are from cities that are either dealing with the issue of e-scooters already or are highly likely to see them in the near future.
Officials are taking advantage of resources including the NACTO’s Guidelines for the Regulation and Management of Shared Active Transportation
. GMA has also created a Shared Active Transportation resource center
to help city officials navigate this growing trend. Here you’ll find case studies and news stories.
As e-scooter use grows throughout the state in both problem and popularity, stories on how communities are dealing with the demand, how officials and residents believe the issues can be resolved, and how these e-scooter companies are enforcing (or not enforcing) their own rules are all on the minds of fellow reporters.
Amy and I will keep you posted with the results and legislative priorities determined by the GMA working groups and encourage you to share your findings and stories with us.