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Grand Lake officials consider whether to allow golf carts on town streets

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado

Grand Lake could legalize golf carts on its streets, similar to the town’s existing snowmobile law.

The town board resolved to schedule a public meeting on the issue, to “see if people want it.”

Prompted by a Grand Lake resident who apparently likes to drive her golf cart through alleyways as work transportation, Grand Lake’s Town Manager Shane Hale brought the topic before trustees last Monday.

The discussion took place on the heels of the state passing legislation allowing operation of “low-speed electric vehicles” on roadways with speed limits up to 35 mph. Gov. Bill Ritter signed the bill on June 4. It goes into effect Aug. 4.

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The discussion about allowing golf carts in Grand Lake led the board of trustees to contemplate other wheeled machines, such as scooters and ATVs … or, riding lawnmowers.

“I think you need to look at the unintended consequences if you open it up,” said Mayor Judy Burke.

Town Manager Shane Hale said the board could make golf carts the only summer exception, similar to how snowmobiles are singled out in winter.

But Trustee Benton Johnson advocated “first things first.” Before the town leaps to accommodate any new modes of transportation, he said, it should first become a more bicycle-friendly town.

Riding bicycles is not allowed on the town’s boardwalks, and cyclists on Grand Avenue risk not being seen by motorists backing out their vehicles parked diagonally.

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@skyhidailynews.com.


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