Riding electric scooters and e-bikes will no longer be allowed at night on the streets of Atlanta.
In the wake of several recent traffic-related fatalities involving the devices, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms imposed the ban – which starts August 9 – directing the Department of City Planning to implement a daily citywide “No Ride Zone” from 9pm – 4am.
“It is evident that immediate action is necessary to keep Atlanta’s residents and visitors safe,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Sadly, we have seen a pattern in the recent and tragic fatalities involving scooters – they all occurred after sunset. Having a variety of mobility options is critical to any city, but safety must be our top priority. This nighttime ban, while we continue to develop further long-term measures, will ensure the safest street conditions for scooter riders, motorists, cyclists, those in wheelchairs and pedestrians.”
Before the e-scooter deaths in the Atlanta Metro Area this year, Consumer Reports documented at least eight others in the United States starting in 2017.
Please click this link for the City’s press release on the new policy change. Personal electric scooters and e-bikes are not affected by the ban.