Atlanta City Leaders Ponder Speed Limit Change on City Streets

Hundreds who showed up for a town hall meeting Monday evening at Atlanta City Hall to tackle the issue of e-scooters along Atlanta's streets heard an interesting proposal from a local advocacy group.

Since January, three people have died in scooter accidents inside the city's limits, and Atlanta Fire and Rescue has responded to nearly 200 related incidents.

A proposal floated to city leaders by an advocacy group suggest lowering the speed limit to 25 miles an hour on all the surface streets within Atlanta's city limits.

Several callers to WSB Radio's Open Mic think that's a bad idea.

"Lowering the speed limit to 25 is just a dumb idea, people can't even drive 25 for the short time it is to go through a school zone," one woman said.

A man chiming in, "Whoever proposed the idea to drop the speed limit in the city, on the city streets to 25 miles an hour, must be in management."

Another man says the city is far too developed, adding, "I don't know if Atlanta at this point, as busy as we are, we can fix this problem."

Others gave some constructive ideas like: "How about get training for these people on these scooters, instead of dropping the speed limit to 25 (mph)?"

"It's the people who operate the scooters on the roads. They need to be trained," said another man.

But this fellow answered, that likely isn't going to help: "People are stupid on scooters, of course. I mean, you dropped off like a million of these things in the city and then didn't tell anything about them, then kept changing laws. How's anyone going to know?"

One man said it's not about training, or banning scooters, or lowering the speed limit but dealing with the number of construction permits the city issues. "They need to stop all this closing of traffic lanes and sidewalks by private construction."

While this man just longed for a simpler time: "Let's just get back to walking and get rid of these e-scooters"

That's probably not going to happen as many believe the electric scooter is here to stay.

City officials are debating a series of ideas to coincide with the mayor's executive order of banning scooters from operating between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. daily and the city council vote to limit the number of additional permits given out for scooters. No decision has been made on the proposal to lower the speed limit.

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