Don’t “scoot” the law

img_5182If you ride any micro-mobility device* (scooter, bikeshare, your own bike) in the City of Atlanta, you must stay off the sidewalks** and abide by all laws applicable to bikes. If you are unsure about what that means and/or would like to learn the League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling techniques and tips for coexisting with motor vehicle traffic (or making route selection choices to avoid), consider taking one of my Pedal Power with Pattie classes. (FYI, here is what it looks like to ride a scooter or bike legally in Atlanta.)

Take MARTA to Chamblee station and catch the 132 bus directly to Brook Run Park***. Bring a bike (which you can load on the front of the bus) for the class. I’m offering it through January at 90% off the REI cost for a class.

* except a wheelchair

** over the age of 12, on your own bike (those under the age of 16 or 18, depending on the company, are not allowed to use sharable scooters and bikeshare)

** *A scooter ordinance is being discussed in the major metro Atlanta city of Dunwoody, GA also (which is where this class is offered –the park listed on Eventbrite is connected to Brook Run Park). It would behoove city and business leaders in the Perimeter Community Improvement District (the largest concentration of Fortune 500 company headquarters in the southeastern United States) to get ahead of the game and learn these best practices (and specific local challenges) before the rubber hits the road here as well. (Note: people are already bringing the scooters up on the train, as the Dunwoody and Sandy Springs stops are only 15 minutes from the Arts Center stop.)