The Atlanta City Council Monday passed an ordinance that would place a series of regulations on electric scooter companies operating in the city.

Bird scooters in their natural habitat

The ordinance lays out a series of regulations for ‘shareable dockless mobility devices,’ aka the electric scooters that have become such a common sight on Atlanta streets and sidewalks over the past six months.  The scooters, operated now by four separate companies in total, may be fun to ride and easy to access; but between the safety concerns, their cluttering of right of ways, and a seeming disregard for existing laws, the city felt it was time to slap down some regulations on the explosive new industry. 

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