9 Replies to “Sunday Open Thread: City of Golf Carts”

  1. Golf cart transportation makes a lot more economic sense when vehicles are in a shared, Car2Go-style fleet, rather than individually owned. In a world where vehicles are individually owned, then if you ever need to go further and faster than feasible on a golf cart, you have to buy a car anyway. Once you already own the car, it becomes much cheaper to drive the car you already own for short trips, rather than buy a separate vehicle for just the short trips.

    This is one example of the general problem, that once you’ve already sunk tens of thousands of dollars up front, and hundreds of dollars each month thereafter into car ownership, getting around by any means other than the car you bought (except for walking, I suppose) feels like an expensive extravagance.

    1. I would agree that this concept would be optimal as a shared vehicle program. It would be interesting as a way to serve as a replacement for a Via shuttle program, especially for areas that have steeper, winding, longer, residential-only streets. Finally, it would likely be cheaper than a large, light rail parking garage would be to build and maintain.

      A used electric golf cart can be as cheap as under $1000. That’s the cost of paying about $4 a day for parking for just one year.

      Of course there would be challenges. It works in suburban Atlanta because very cold weather is not common and hot, humid weather is so hot that car air conditioners are somewhat ineffective for short distances.

      It may not be applicable to mature areas like Seattle but it might be a useful strategy for a new neighborhood further out.

  2. This isn’t actually the only place like this — The Villages in Florida are actually very similar in that they have a network of golf cart paths and many people use golf carts extensively. It’s a bit different in that it’s a planned retirement community, but the principle is the same. I have family down there and have visited – the idea of it is actually really good insofar as golf carts are way safer for people to be around than cars.

    1. There is a sign in downtown Ridgefield that says “Golf Cart Zone” so they must have tried this too.

    2. I’ve known a couple of people who’s parents have retired to communities where this is the norm. Of course they tend to be golf oriented so people have a cart and the links make a natural greenway. I don’t see it being conducive to urban density. Imagine instead of red and green bikes left everywhere golf carts are littering the sidewalks.

  3. I commuted into downtown from North Seattle this morning, and was surprised to see they repaved the Southbound bus lane on Aurora. Also surprised to see a lack of bus-only markings that was previously there. Anybody know if it’s just not done yet, or is that lane planned to go away?

  4. Meanwhile in Germany, the AfD (far-right party) AfD tries climate denial. Their slogan, “Save Diesel”. Their stated goal is to protect the right to have diesel cars and personally-owned cars, and to save the German car industry.

  5. A friend of mine moved to Peachtree City from this area. She loved the golf carts. She said typically the houses in the neighborhood are sold with a golf cart, and the garages are built to accommodate them. She stayed home with her children and almost never used her car.

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