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Electric scooters banned in Marietta

The city voted unanimously to ban the shareable scooters - before they ever had the chance to catch on.

MARIETTA, Ga. — Another metro Atlanta community is pulling the plug on those shareable electric scooters. 

On Wednesday, the Marietta City Council passed a ban on e-scooters, like Bird or Lime. The ban passed by a unanimous vote. 

City officials said during the Thursday meeting that the scooters would not be a good fit for the city, especially around the famed Marietta square, where there are a lot of outdoor displays and dining spaces. 

Marietta said the ban passed, not because they have a scooter problem now, but because they wanted to address the issue preemptively.

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The Cobb County community is just the latest to crackdown on the e-scooters - Atlanta voted for tighter restrictions last month, while Decatur officials have adopted interim agreements to regulate them before deciding how to proceed. Meanwhile, Tucker issued a temporary ban, while in Athens, the scooters are banned outright

Opponents of the scooters say the two-wheeled devices pose a danger in the public space - from sidewalks clogged with strewn scooters to an uptick in injuries related to falls. 

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Supporters, however, argue that they provide another, more convenient mode of transportation to navigate Atlanta's traffic-choked streets. 


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