No-fly zone for Fowl: Athens officers vote to ban dockless, shareable scooters – Information – Athens Banner-Herald
Birds is not going to fly in Athens, no less than not the type with wheels.
After two years of research, the Athens-Clarke County Fee voted to ban the so-called shareable dockless mobility units from Athens streets.
Some commissioners needed to delay the choice on the rented battery-powered scooters a little bit longer, however a movement to carry off on the choice one other month failed in a 5-4 vote throughout Tuesday’s fee assembly.
Commissioner Melissa Hyperlink stated she can be in favor of the scooters if the fee may develop efficient rules for them. Commissioners Allison Wright and Mariah Parker stated they’d not heard from anybody who has missed them, nevertheless.
“There’s no place that they’re not harmful,” stated Commissioner Andy Herod. “I believe we should always simply ban the d— issues and be performed with it.”
The fee then voted 9-0 to do what its legislative affairs committee really helpful — ban the scooters.
The committee included in its advice a report from the town’s Athens in Movement Fee outlining some advantages of the scooters and a few critical drawbacks.
On the plus facet the scooters would offer another choice for non-motorized journey. If broadly used they might create assist for increasing protected bike lanes and multi-use paths, the Athens in Movement Fee stated. They might be utilized by vacationers and guests and will enhance entry to downtown companies.
However the scooters increase some large questions of safety, in accordance with the Athens in Movement report. The speed of accidents with the scooters is 13 instances greater than for bicycles and 100 instances greater than for pedestrians. Many accidents are critical, with as much as half of victims struggling head accidents and a 3rd having a damaged bone. As much as 8 % of the scooter accidents are to a bystander, and 4 in 10 injured bystanders endure a fractured or damaged bone.
Accident victims ceaselessly had been ingesting alcohol and scooter customers hardly ever used helmets, they discovered, and the accidents are costly to the group; about half of accident victims have been uninsured or insured by Medicare or Medicaid.
Athens in Movement additionally famous that the scooters aren’t environmentally pleasant. They’re cheaply made with a brief helpful life.
The ban doesn’t apply to e-bikes — bicycles with an electrical motor to complement human energy — nor to individually owned electrical scooters.
The Fowl scooter firm dumped 1000’s of the little scooters on Athens streets with little discover as fall semester started on the College of Georgia in 2018. Fowl and different scooter firms additionally used the identical tactic in cities throughout america and in Europe. Customers may set up accounts, then be billed once they picked up one of many scooters off a sidewalk to journey.
UGA instantly banned them and seized greater than 1,000. On Dec. 4, 2018 the Athens-Clarke Fee declared a moratorium on the scooters for as much as 12 months till a pilot program might be devised. The pilot program by no means got here to cross because the fee prolonged the moratorium 3 times; the third extension is ready to run out in December.
The commissioners must vote as soon as once more on the ban. Athens-Clarke County Legal professional Judd Drake will now draft an ordinance prohibiting the scooters to be voted on in subsequent month’s fee assembly.