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Tucker is latest metro Atlanta city to pull the plug on e-scooters

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Local and state officials have varied approaches to handling e-scooter madness

A picture of two Bird e-scooters parked on a sidewalk, one knocked over on its side.
Some cities aren’t allowing for the domination of dockless devices.
Sean Keenan, Curbed Atlanta

Another metro Atlanta city has put the kibosh on e-scooters.

The Tucker City Council voted 5-1 in favor last week of banning all “shareable powered mobility devices,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The move comes after city officials implemented a 120-day moratorium on the vehicles to give local leaders time to study how to address safety issues.

Tucker isn’t the first local municipality to turn up its nose at the popular mobility option.

This past summer, Smyrna barred the electric two-wheelers from the city, following in the footsteps of cities like Alpharetta and Marietta.

The City of Atlanta alone has witnessed three e-scooter riders die in collisions with motorists, which appears to be more fatalities than in any other U.S. city that allows e-scooters. Another scooter user was killed in a crash in the neighboring city of East Point.

Few metro Atlanta or Georgia cities claim to have figured out how to adequately handle the rapid influx of e-scooters, which have flooded areas inside the Interstate 285 Perimeter for the most part.

Problems have become so widespread, Georgia state senators have assembled a study committee to consider how blanket regulations could benefit all cities.

In Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued a moratorium on all dockless device permitting, an effort to stop the swell of vehicles being added to the already saturated market. (About 12,000 e-scooters and bikes had already been permitted by the time the moratorium was enacted this past summer.)

New permitting policies are expected in early 2020, and the mayor recently kicked off a $5 million campaign to grow the city’s bike lane network, an effort to boost safety.

Meanwhile, the city’s first “pop-up bike lane” is now open on Midtown’s 10th Street, just west of Piedmont Park.