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Smyrna considering banning electric scooters

By Ricky Leroux rleroux@mdjonline.comMay 19, 2019

Smyrna’s City Council is considering prohibiting shareable, dockless electric scooters from operating in the city, just a few months after Marietta did the same.

The ban is on the agenda for Smyrna’s City Council meeting on Monday and would apply to rentable electric scooters and bicycles, which are rented through a smartphone app.

Several companies have begun offering these services over the last few years including Bird and Lime, and ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have launched their own scooter service.

The scooters are dockless, which means riders rent them, ride to their destination and leave the scooters there, paying via a mobile app. Companies that offer the scooters typically pick them up during the night for charging, offering to pay users to gather the scooters, take them home and charge them.

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