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Residents want golf carts to be allowed on town streets

PULASKI — With gasoline prices hitting more than $4 a gallon at some stations, some Town of Pulaski residents are looking for alternative forms of transportation within town limits.
Bicycles and scooters are becoming a popular alternative, but they’re not suitable for everyone.
Therefore, Patricia Aust Weeks and Heather K. O’Dell of Fruitful Seasons Natural Foods & Massage Therapy are asking the Pulaski Town Council to consider allowing golf carts on town streets.
However, Mayor Charles Wade told the women they may be fighting a losing battle because their proposal would require the speed limit be reduced to 25 miles per hour on several main thoroughfares in the town limits, including Route 11, Memorial Drive, Bob White Boulevard and East Main Street (Route 99).
The Town Council asked the town staff to look into the proposal and determine what kinds of effects it would have on the town and what regulations would need to apply.
But Wade and council members seemed to prefer an alternative which is already street legal.
Guy Houseman of Huff Ford Inc. in Wytheville said the “low-speed” electric car or carts his dealership sales have become popular alternative means of travel within Wytheville.
He pointed out the vehicles look like golf carts, but they have the advantage of safety features and are already deemed road-worthy vehicles by Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
According to Houseman, the vehicles can be operated on roads with a speed limit of under 45 miles per hour and must be operated by a licensed driver. He said a single 35-hour charge allows about 35 to 45 miles of travel.
The vehicles are available in two-, four- and six-seat versions, come in a variety of colors, are heavier than a golf cart, and range in price from $5,000 to $9,000.
The one Huff brought to Tuesday night’s town council meeting was special-ordered with Virginia Tech colors and emblems.
The Town Council also voted last night to recognize New River Trail disability regulations on its new trail extension. That would pave the way for scooters and electric wheelchairs bearing the trail’s disability sticker to be operated on the extension into town.

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Residents want golf carts to be allowed on town streets

PULASKI — With gasoline prices hitting more than $4 a gallon at some stations, some Town of Pulaski residents are looking for alternative forms of transportation within town limits.
Bicycles and scooters are becoming a popular alternative, but they’re not suitable for everyone.
Therefore, Patricia Aust Weeks and Heather K. O’Dell of Fruitful Seasons Natural Foods & Massage Therapy are asking the Pulaski Town Council to consider allowing golf carts on town streets.
However, Mayor Charles Wade told the women they may be fighting a losing battle because their proposal would require the speed limit be reduced to 25 miles per hour on several main thoroughfares in the town limits, including Route 11, Memorial Drive, Bob White Boulevard and East Main Street (Route 99).
The Town Council asked the town staff to look into the proposal and determine what kinds of effects it would have on the town and what regulations would need to apply.
But Wade and council members seemed to prefer an alternative which is already street legal.
Guy Houseman of Huff Ford Inc. in Wytheville said the “low-speed” electric car or carts his dealership sales have become popular alternative means of travel within Wytheville.
He pointed out the vehicles look like golf carts, but they have the advantage of safety features and are already deemed road-worthy vehicles by Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
According to Houseman, the vehicles can be operated on roads with a speed limit of under 45 miles per hour and must be operated by a licensed driver. He said a single 35-hour charge allows about 35 to 45 miles of travel.
The vehicles are available in two-, four- and six-seat versions, come in a variety of colors, are heavier than a golf cart, and range in price from $5,000 to $9,000.
The one Huff brought to Tuesday night’s town council meeting was special-ordered with Virginia Tech colors and emblems.
The Town Council also voted last night to recognize New River Trail disability regulations on its new trail extension. That would pave the way for scooters and electric wheelchairs bearing the trail’s disability sticker to be operated on the extension into town.

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