Opinion: Atlanta shouldn’t let scooter regulation stifle innovation

Scott Jacobs

Atlanta could be the most innovative city in America in solving the last mile problem – how people travel from public transport stations to final destinations.

This is the most important commuter issue affecting decisions to use public transport services rather than private cars. Solving it will improve our quality of life, and benefit disproportionately lower income and non-car citizens who want cheap and convenient ways to get around. The last mile is the true challenge.

Getting there requires wise and long-range governance. The Atlanta City Council took a step in the wrong direction in January by adopting well-intended, but badly designed regulations on dockless devices. Its action reduces robust innovation in finding the right solutions for Atlanta.

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