Merely two years after being introduced to Atlanta streets, Lime scooter company is pulling all of its electronic scooters. A Lime company spokesperson said they were leaving Atlanta because of the city's high impound fees and a ban on operating the scooters at night.
In a statement, the spokesperson went on to say, “As part of our path to profitability, Lime has made the difficult decision to exit Atlanta and focus our resources on markets that allow us to meet our ambitious goals for 2020.” Lime also announced it is leaving twelve other cities, including Phoenix and San Diego.
Lime's History in Atlanta
Lime scooters appeared on Atlanta streets in May 2018 and city officials had to scramble to come up with ways to address how to regulate them. In January 2019, the city began impounding scooters that were left by riders on sidewalks and roadsides.
A Public Works commissioner told the city council that 2,897 scooters were impounded between July 1 and September 30, 2019, but the city released the scooters back to their vendors without collecting any fees. Those fees would have amounted to about $200,000. A city spokesperson said that after learning Lime is leaving, they would be working with Lime to finalize the outstanding balance of fees.
In August 2019, Atlanta mayor announced a nighttime ban on the scooters after a fourth person was killed by a motorist while riding one. All e-scooter vendors were asked to disable the scooters between the hours of 9 p.m. and 4 a.m.
Nationwide E-Scooter Injuries
Injuries from riding electronic scooters have nearly tripled in the last four years. Researchers have used data from emergency room visits involving e-scooters at hospitals across the country and found that the rate of injuries jumped from six to nineteen cases for every 100,000 people.
In 2018, there were an estimated 14,650 e-scooter-related injuries, and 32 percent of those involved head injuries. E-scooter vendors do not supply their riders with helmets, so one can imagine that the majority of e-scooter riders do not wear one. People aged 18 to 34 were the most likely to be injured while riding e-scooters.
A co-author of the study said, “While most people recover from head injuries, there is going to be a subset with long-term disability and life changes.”
Hadden Law Firm, Personal Injury Experts
Electronic scooters have been widely popular among users, and they have been promoted as a healthier way to commute around a city. Advocates also say e-scooters are a great way for those who cannot afford a car or who don't have access to public transportation. But as the statistics show, being injured while riding an e-scooter is quite common. If you or a loved one were injured while riding an e-scooter in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area, contact the Hadden Law Firm to learn what your options are. Call The Hadden Law firm at 404-939-4525 or fill out a contact form to get started on your case today.