Closer Look: From Street Redesigns To Scooters & Bikes, The Future of Alternative Transit In Georgia

Electric scooters and bicycles are spreading across several major U.S. cities, including Atlanta, while policymakers scramble to find ways to keep riders safe.On today's program, we hear how City of Nashville Mayor David Briley is addressing scooter safety in his city.
Electric scooters and bicycles are spreading across several major U.S. cities, including Atlanta, while policymakers scramble to find ways to keep riders safe.On today's program, we hear how City of Nashville Mayor David Briley is addressing scooter safety in his city.
Credit DAVID PAUL MORRIS / GETTY IMAGES

Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott:”

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief on former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abram’s testimony yesterday before Congress. While addressing a United States House Subcommittee, Abrams spoke on the effects a 2013 ruling from the high court,  Shelby County vs. Holder, which invalidated a provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and ended the Justice Department’s authority to force changes or block voting laws in states like Georgia.
  • 2:31: The city of Atlanta may redesign downtown’s Baker Street from a one-way to a two-way street. Proponents of the proposal say it is part of an effort to improve street safety. However, some community members have expressed concerns that the change would have the opposite effect. Atlanta City Planning Commissioner Tim Keane joins Closer Look in studio for a conversation about options for the street’s redesign.
Atlanta City Planning Commissioner Tim Keane joins Closer Look in studio for a conversation about street redesign options for downtown’s Baker Street. (Photo credit: Grace Walker)
  • 24:54: On yesterday’s programCloser Look spoke with Andrew Fox of the new tech startup Charge. The company will roll out docking and charging stations in Atlanta next week. The goal is to alleviate some of the e-bike and scooter congestion on sidewalks and other public spaces. And, when it comes to electric scooters, Atlanta is not the only city grappling with clutter and safety concerns. City of Nashville Mayor David Briley joins Closer Look from WPLN studios to share his approach to regulating the city’s dockless electric vehicles. Closer Look also reached out to multiple scooter companies operating Nashville and received responses from Lyft, Lime, Gotcha and Bird expressing disappointment about the city’s potential scooter ban.
  • 40:22: Cobb County may implement new rules for its bike rental programs. An ordinance currently under consideration would require companies to obtain a permit in order to operate in Cobb County.  There would also be regulations for where the bike-sharing stations are located. Eric Meyer, planning division manager of the Cobb County Department of Transportation, joins Closer Look to give us the latest update on the county’s plans.
Eric Meyer, planning division manager of the Cobb County Department of Transportation, updates Closer Look on the county’s plans to regulate its bike rental programs. (Photo credit: Grace Walker)

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.