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City Council to Consider Creating Golf Cart Zone in Northeast Spokane

Electric golf carts could provide wider range of mobility options in the Greater Hillyard area

Release Date: 11/2/2012 12:00:00 PM

CONTACT: Council Member Amber Waldref 509.868.9219

On Monday during its 6 p.m. meeting, the Spokane City Council will consider establishing a golf cart zone in Northeast Spokane through an ordinance sponsored by Council Member Amber Waldref.

“The Greater Hillyard Neighborhood Planning Alliance identified a golf cart zone as part of its strategy to provide a wider range of mobility options for all residents,” said Council Member Waldref. “I’m happy to help implement this neighborhood-driven effort.”

In 2009, Washington State established RCW 46.08.175, allowing local governments to create “golf cart zones.” If the ordinance is approved, Spokane would join Cheney and Liberty Lake as cities in Spokane County who have established zones.

“…this ordinance will bridge the mobility gap between reliance on privately owned vehicles, the use of transit, or having to walk for many local trips. Golf carts are clean, quiet, economical, save transportation dollars, and their use promotes patronage of local businesses," says Richard Burris, member of the Greater Hillyard Business Association, Hillyard Community Futures and other neighborhood groups.

golf cart zone map

City Councilman Mike Fagan is also an advocate. He states, “The golf cart zone is unprecedented in Spokane. The Hillyard neighborhood is once again at the forefront of promoting and encouraging positive change for our community.”

The ordinance, as proposed, allows electric golf cart use within specified boundaries. (See map below). The carts would be operated on streets in the zone with speed limits of 25 mph or less. A golf cart may cross a street with a speed limit greater than 25 mph when safe to do so at intersections. All golf carts must be equipped with appropriate reflectors, seat belts and rear view mirror(s), regardless of the hours of operations.

Authorized golf cart drivers must be 16 years and older and must have completed a driver education course or have previous experience driving as a licensed driver. Golf cart operators must follow all rules of the road. The ordinance would require carts to be registered with the city for an annual fee.

For more details, please refer to the Fact Sheet or Golf cart ordinance.

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