GA Injury Advocate March 2019

WILL CITY ORDINANCES MAKE ELECTRIC SCOOTERS SAFER?

2. Only one rider is allowed per electric scooter, and the speed limit on electric scooters is 15 mph max. 3. Don’t “text and scoot.” Just like when you’re behind the wheel of the car, riders are not allowed to use their cell phones while on an electric scooter. 4. When you’re done riding, electric scooters must be parked upright. Don’t leave your electric scooter blocking the sidewalk. While these city ordinances may help tackle some problems of electric scooters, personal safety for riders and pedestrians is still a huge concern. There is no law that requires riders to wear safety gear, but we strongly encourage everyone who uses electric scooters to wear a helmet, as well as knee pads, elbow pads, and close-toed shoes. It’s also important to keep both hands on the handlebar, pay attention to traffic and pedestrians, and don’t wear earbuds or headphones while riding. It looks like Birds won’t be flying anywhere this summer, so if you plan on using them, be sure to do so safely.

When Alfred Hitchcock warned about “the birds,” he probably wasn’t picturing electric scooters. But the streets of Atlanta certainly felt like a horror movie last summer when thousands of electric scooters from Bird and other companies appeared overnight. There are plenty of benefits to these readily available electric scooters. It’s reported that around 25 percent of commuters who use electric scooters have started using their cars less to zoom around the city. Unfortunately, there have also been plenty of problems. Improper use leaves electric scooters discarded in the middle of sidewalks and, like any motorized vehicle, there are safety risks for riders. A report from the emergency room at Grady Hospital noted that they see around 100 injuries each month related to the use of electric scooters. In early January, the Atlanta city council voted to allow the scooters to remain on the streets, but with stricter regulations. In addition to charging companies to put electric scooters on the streets, new city ordinances also impose safety rules on riders. If you’re planning on scooting anywhere this spring, here are four new rules you need to follow. 1. Electric scooters cannot be used on sidewalks. Riders must stick to shared paths, bike lanes, and the street.

BEWARE THE BIRDS (AND THE LIMES)

RECIPE:

ASPARAGUS AND AVOCADO SOUP

SUDOKU

This hearty soup is the perfect meal for those late winter days when you think spring will never come. It can be made vegetarian by substituting vegetable broth for the chicken stock.

Ingredients:

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12 ounces asparagus 1 tablespoon olive oil

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1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed

Juice of 1/2 lemon

2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil

2 cups chicken stock

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss

3. Transfer asparagus to blender. Add remaining ingredients and puree until smooth. 4. Season to taste and serve.

asparagus and garlic with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 10 minutes.

Inspired by CookEatPaleo.com

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