Golf carts not street machines

I have had a registered/insured golf cart for use on Kelleys Island for over 14 years. Sandusky city commissioners may want to consi
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

I have had a registered/insured golf cart for use on Kelleys Island for over 14 years. Sandusky city commissioners may want to considered the following:

Golf carts are normally governed to 10-12 mph. The governor can be adjusted for up to 20 mph, but gas golf carts do not hold up very well at the constant increased speeds.

Allowing carts on any public road with a posted speed limit over 25 mph is of concern. There are many impatient drivers on the roads as evidenced daily by "Tailgating" and how many of these drivers will follow a cart going only 10-20 mph on any street for any significant amount of time -- and they will pass these carts even with double yellow lines. This will certainly increase the risk of accidents.

Four-cycle gas carts get about30 mpg and two-cycle gas carts get less -- not any better than many smaller cars now available. And not nearly as good as smaller hybrids.

Cars easily accommodate four adults. Four adults on a golf cart affects steering somewhat and is less stable.

Rent a cart at Kelleys or Put-In-Bay to find out how golf carts and cars co-exist. And the car traffic on the islands is much less and with lower speed limits.

While the commissioners' intent is very much respected, this requires more thought before being implemented for all city streets.

Don Bergmoser

Huron