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Atlanta City Council Requests Data on Dockless Mobility Device-Related Injuries

Post Date:03/04/2019 5:12 PM

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March 4, 2019

Atlanta City Council Requests Data on Dockless Mobility Device-Related Injuries

ATLANTA – Atlanta City Council approved a reolution Monday seeking injury data related to the use of dockless mobility devices, also known as shareable scooters.

The resolution, approved unanimously, requests that hospitals, urgent care facilities and other healthcare institutions provide injury reports to the City Council on a quarterly basis.

The resolution was drafted by Council President Felicia Moore in response to safety concerns generated by the growing use of such devices.

Council member Dustin Hillis, who represents District 9 and chairs the Council’s Public Safety Committee, introduced the resolution, which outlines that the reports should include the number and type of incidents, as well as if the incident was a fatality. The resolution was drafted by Council President Felicia Moore. (Legislative Reference No. 19-R-3184)

Obtaining this data related to shareable scooter injuries will ensure that the City continues to foster innovation, while also being able to assess potential health and safety risks to the public.

“As a critical care nurse, it is important to me that the City gather data related to this new form of transportation,” said Hillis. “Such information can be used to inform future policy decisions related to dockless mobility devices. I am hopeful our healthcare facilities will fulfill this important request so the Council and the public can bring any injury-related concerns to a better light.”

In Los Angeles, one of the first cities to legalize the use of the devices, nearly 250 riders were sent to emergency rooms with injuries last year, according to a study conducted in the city. Injuries included dislocations, bone fractures, lung contusions, soft-tissue injuries and a splenic laceration.

The city of Austin, Texas is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study dockless scooter-related injuries and incidents there – a first for the nation's public health institute.

Dockless bikes and scooters officially arrived on Austin streets in 2018, starting with bikes in February. Austin is currently home to several dockless mobility companies who own or operate more than 11,000 bikes and scooters.

In the city of Los Angeles study, almost 95 percent of those injured were not recorded as wearing helmets, including five patients with reported bleeding in the skull.

Atlanta City Council

The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta. It acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.

The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts. Council representatives include: Council President: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: vacant; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.

Council information, committee agendas and more may be found on the Atlanta City Council website here. Video archives of the council’s regularly scheduled meetings, committee meetings and work sessions may be found here.

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