Golf Carts Allowed on Road
By mustang6560 on 4/15/11
Fort Myers, Florida is considering a law that would allow residents to legally drive a golf cart on city roads.
Short trips are ideal for golf carts and make up the majority of all trips in the U.S., says Anne Teigen, the transportation policy associate for the National Conference of State Legislatures. Because most trips are short and gas is expensive, more cities are allowing alternative vehicles, she says.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has regulated low-speed vehicles since 1998 but does not regulate golf carts, which typically have a maximum speed under 20 mph.
Bowling Green, Ky and Hunters Creek, Tx already have similar city ordnances in place allowing "low-speed" vehicles on city roads.

I think this is a bad idea. It's one thing to drive a golf cart through a neighborhood to your clubhouse. But, it's another thing to drive it to the gas station, or grocery store. If you get into an accident- even at a relatively slow speed- in a golf cart, chances of sustaining serious injury are significantly higher than in a car.

Not only would golf carts be a danger and nuisance to drivers on the road, I think they would be equally dangerous for pedestrians. Segways are bad enough, but could you imagine someone driving their golf cart on the sidewalk? I don't think it's unrealistic to think someone driving their golf cart in a shopping mall would get impatient in traffic and decide to drive right up the sidewalk and right into the middle of a crowd of people.

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Kurt the Knife says:
why would u drive ur golf cart to the gas station?
mustang6560 says:
Get some gas for the lawn mower, get some beer, get some milk...
mustang6560 says:
Maybe you got a gas powered golf cart...
Kurt the Knife says:
ohhhh.. yeah. The convenience gas sation market thing.
jeez. gas powered carts.
I haven't seen one of those for years. I didn't know they even made them anymore.
falcon50driver says:
You almost have to have a gas powered cart for the hilly courses. The electric ones won't have enough power.
gpickin says:
My parents visited Catalina Island, off of long beach. All you could drive there was golf carts. It was something rediculous like 40 an hour to rent one.
At that point, I suddenly realized 12 bucks a person for a golf cart for a 3-4 hour round is a pretty damn good price.
Although, I just bought a push cart anyways. Golf is going to help get some fresh air, and its more refreshing walking :)

In our town, 55 is slow, so 20 mph golf carts will get squished by all the monster trucks... but I can see in some towns, it would be cool. They have bike n go places in some towns, plug n go golf carts, which you could SHARE would work great in some places, campuses etc.
GreggScott says:
If they are going to allow Golf Carts on the road..... They better damn well allow people to walk and carry their clubs too. Uh.. wait... how are we going to push the tees into asphalt? Might have to use those rubber ones they have at the range. FORE!
mjaber says:
Just what we need. 14-year old kids running down to the store for (insert current teen fad here) in dad's golf cart.
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