BeltLine puts the brakes on e-scooter users, limits parking on trails

Dockless e-scooters crowd at the entrance to the Irwin Street entrance to the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail.

The Atlanta BeltLine and City of Atlanta are literally putting the brakes on dockless e-scooter riders by imposing a speed limit on part of the Eastside Trail starting tomorrow, June 21, at 6 p.m.

Using geofencing technology, e-scooters will be limited to 8 miles per hour in the reduced speed zone between Monroe Drive and DeKalb Avenue during congested periods. The speed zone will be in effect on weekday evenings (Monday – Thursday, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.), weekends (Friday at 6 p.m. to Monday, 6 a.m.), and state holidays (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.). That includes the Fourth of July holiday.

The city has recommended that e-scooter operators implement a transition zone within 150 feet of the trail to allow users to safely approach, enter, and cross the reduced speed zone.

The BeltLine is also tackling the issue of where scooters are parked along the trails to reduce the clutter. Designated parking areas will be marked at most public access points to the Eastside and Westside Trails. The parking of devices will not be allowed anywhere on or along the trails except for in these authorized zones. The city is working with operators to update their apps to restrict parking outside the zones.

BeltLine officials are also working with the city to limit the number of devices that can be deployed by operators along the trails, thereby reducing the number of scooters in use on the paths.

As part of the ongoing #BeltLineCharm etiquette campaign, Atlanta Police Department’s Path Force Unit, city officials and Atlanta BeltLine Inc. (ABI) staff will host an Awareness Day on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Eastside Trail by Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark. Representatives and staff will be present to answer questions, provide information, and encourage positive behavior on the trail with a new set of etiquette signs.

ABI is launching a task force to explore additional opportunities to  curb reckless behavior and ensure the safety of everyone on the BeltLine.

BeltLine users are encouraged to call 311 if they spot scooters creating a safety hazard on the trails. The Path Force Unit is stepping up the monitoring of the trails for violations and will be handing out flyers outlining what is and is not permissible on the BeltLine.

The Atlanta BeltLine’s trail rules and full suite of signs are posted at www.beltline.org/etiquette.

5 Comments
  1. Or ya know, save money on flyers and just ban all motorized vehicles on the BeltLine.

  2. I love to ride these scooter but I think this is a good idea. They go way to fast for the beltline and people tend to walk 6 deep anyway.

  3. No Motorized Vehicles on the Beltine

    Realistically, I don’t have a huge issue with the scooters being used on the Beltline. They represent only an additional obstacle anyone trying to exercise faces…oblivious groups of walkers blocking 75% of the path…oblivious stroller pushing mom groups blocking 75% of the path…oblivious girls blocking the path for the perfect shot to post to the ‘Gram…at least scooter riders are moving relatively quickly…

    I have a MAJOR issue with the clutter. Hundreds…that’s HUNDREDS of scooters tossed aside like trash, or toys after a child is done playing…wait…they are toys…and the people playing with them don’t own them so they have no qualms about leaving them wherever they want…removing the clutter from the Beltline is necessary only because the users do not have the maturity to park responsibly…

    The City of Nashville got so fed up that it BANNED e-scooters today. I hope Atlanta’s leadership has the gumption to do the same thing if conditions do not improve. Helping clean up the Beltline is one thing, but pedestrians (and especially disabled people) have completely lost any reliable access to Atlanta sidewalks and crosswalks because of these scooters. That’s the real issue that needs addressing.

  4. Motorised vehicles do not belong on a walking / bicycle path. Looks like a trash heap. Use your feet and be polite about staying on your side of the path. Common sense and curtesy people.

  5. Motorized vehicles do NOT belong on an EXERCISE trail! Children whipping in & out. I’ve seen adults literally jump off & fling scooters to the ground. Across walkways. BAN THEM

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