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Lime Scooters Are Leaving Atlanta

Lime e-scooters are leaving Atlanta.
Lime e-scooters are leaving Atlanta.
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Atlantans will no longer see Lime e-scooters on the streets. The scooter company is leaving the city.

“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,” a company spokesperson said. “We appreciate the partnership we’ve enjoyed with Atlanta and remain hopeful we can reintroduce Lime back into the community when the time is right.”

One of the reasons the company said it’s leaving is because of the nighttime ban put in place last summer by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms after four scooter-related deaths in the metro area. 

The e-scooter operator also said that impound fees were a burden.

The city’s Department of Public Works informed members of the Atlanta City Council last year that the city did not collect $255,000 in impound fees owed by companies for illegally parked scooters.

Lyft and Gotcha scooters have also left the city.

State lawmakers have also been grappling with e-scooters. After hearing from health and law enforcement officials, among others, the Senate scooter committee came up with recommendations on the devices. 

Lawmakers could use the recommendations to draft a state scooter law during this year’s legislative session.