Dockless, Not Lawless
"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws." - Plato
Dockless shareable mobility devices. Whether those words summon love, hate, or indifference, you ought to take the time to learn about these devices and the rules that govern them. If Plato were living in Atlanta today, he might have occasion to write an all-new book regarding the nuances of these devices, and the arguments for and against them. While the laws governing shareable mobility systems may seem complex at first glance, the truth is they are fairly straightforward.
What Are the Rules?
The operation of dockless shareable mobility devices in the city of Atlanta is governed by city ordinance 18-O-1322. Most of the rules fall under the category of basic common sense. These include:
- Don't Block Doorways, Crosswalks, Driveways, or Anything Else
- Park Devices Upright
- Follow Traffic Laws
- Don't Use Your Phone While Riding
- Don't Park On the Grass
- Wear a Helmet
- Don't Park On Narrow Sidewalks
- One Rider Per Device
These are just a few of the rules designed to keep Atlantans happy and safe around these devices. Whether you use them or you deal with them during your day, it's important to be aware of these rules and to keep them in mind at all times.
Do the Right Thing
Those who use dockless shareable mobility devices have a responsibility to their fellow citizens to follow the laws and regulations of the city of Atlanta. It is for the safety of the riders and everyone around them that the city put these rules in place. Additionally, following the rules helps the public see these devices in a more positive light, increasing the chances that they will be part of the fabric of our transportation system for many years to come.
There will, as always, be instances of lawbreaking. The good news is that you can do your part to help. If you see a device in a less than ideal place, consider moving it. Of course don't put yourself in a risky situation to do so, if, for example, the scooter or bike is in the middle of a busy street. Each device company has a support number to contact in case a device is left in such an area. There is also a small advocacy group in Atlanta called PEDS that has launched the Clear The Clutter crowdsourcing campaign to help raise awareness on e-scooter use. You can also use the ATL311 app to report e-scooters behaving badly.
Any system thrives or fails based on its users. Dockless shareable mobility devices will continue to play a role in local transportation for the time being, but their future depends on good citizens doing the right thing every day. When responsibly used, these devices can be helpful. Let's all be good people and make Plato proud.