Golf carts on F’ville sidewalks being eyed
A measure by the Fayetteville City Council to align the use of motorized carts in Fayetteville with the county’s other jurisdictions was tabled at the July 17 meeting to give city staff time to review the idea of allowing carts on city sidewalks.
The amendment to the motorized cart ordinance was recommended to synchronize Fayetteville with other Fayette County jurisdictions by honoring cart permits issued by other government entities. The amendment would also allow holders of a valid learner’s permit to operate a cart as well as individuals at least 12 years of age if accompanied in the front seat by a licensed driver age 18 or older.
Former Councilman Larry Dell during the discussion requested that city sidewalks be considered for use by golf carts as opposed to being permitted only on cart paths which are seven feet or more in width.
Dell estimated that 60-70 percent of the sidewalks in the city are five feet in width. He requested that the amendment be tabled so that permitting golf carts on sidewalks could be considered, adding that golf carts should be required to yield to pedestrians.
Mayor Greg Clifton agreed, telling Dell the suggestion was a “good idea.”
The amendment will likely return for consideration in August.