Smyrna’s city council members Monday unanimously voted to table a measure banning dockless electric scooters.
The council had been set to consider a ban on 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, while ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have slid into the market with their own scooter services.
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.
But citing the receipt of “additional information” on the issue, Mayor Max Bacon asked the council to consider tabling the measure until their June 17 meeting, with all seven members favoring the delay.
Following another council action Monday, customers of several more restaurants and bars around the city will be able walk out with alcoholic drinks in their hands following the approved expansion of the city’s “restaurant districts.”
Smyrna created in its downtown its first “restaurant district” — an area where patrons can walk out of restaurants or bars with their alcoholic drinks in to-go cups — in February 2018 before adding three new districts in November: the Belmont shopping center, the Jonquil shopping center and Riverview Landing along the Chattahoochee River.
Monday’s approved additions include a small area featuring a gazebo near the city’s Arboretum to the downtown district and the sidewalk along Atlanta Road that connects downtown Smyrna to the Belmont shopping center, allowing patrons to walk with their drinks between the two existing districts.
A third addition created a new district in the city’s Concord Road Linear Park.
The additions were approved by a 5-2 vote, with Councilwoman Andrea Blustein and Susan Wilkinson opposing the measure. Neither spoke prior to the votes to express their reasons behind the opposition.
Smyrna’s proposal came less than a month after Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin vetoed a similar proposal for an open container district around Marietta Square.