Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued an executive order prohibiting the issuance of additional permits for shareable dockless mobility devices, including electric scooters and bikes.
Bottoms’ executive action will not affect companies with existing permits, however the mayor announced in a media statement that she will introduce legislation at the Aug 5 Atlanta City Council meeting to address the “long-term impacts these devices levy against the City’s infrastructure and public safety, and the compounded strain placed on the City’s public safety officials and first responders.”
According to the executive order, as of July 25, the Commissioner of the Department of City Planning and his designees are authorized, ordered and directed to refuse to accept for review or consideration any application requesting a shareable dockless mobility device permit.
Upon issuing the executive order, Bottoms issued the following statement: “Across the nation, municipalities are dealing with the sudden and unforeseen impact these devices have had on our communities. While some municipalities have banned the devices altogether, the City of Atlanta acted in good faith to work with the private sector to explore innovative solutions to ease existing commuting strains. However, as Atlanta has seen three scooter related deaths, this complex issue requires a more thorough and robust dialogue.”
Protestors lined West Peachtree Street in Midtown on the afternoon of July 24 calling on the city to provide safer streets for pedestrians, bicyclists and scooter riders after a man riding an e-scooter was killed on West Peachtree last week.