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Golf carts touted for Colorado street use

Jeff Kass
Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado

LOVELAND, Colorado ” Golf carts shouldn’t just be for fairways.

State Rep. Don Marostica, R-Loveland, is proposing a bill that will allow golf carts and other small vehicles to travel on some public roads and state highways.

Marostica calls it a cost-saving measure given gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon.



“Why fire up a 4,000-pound vehicle and go get a haircut?” he said.

Marostica’s bill would cover all sorts of golf carts – gas-powered, solar powered and electric. It might end up including ATV’s as well, he said.



The vehicles would be allowed on streets with speed limits less than 35 miles per hour and in bicycle lanes on state highways with higher speeds, Marostica said.

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration spokesman called the type of small vehicles Marostica seems to have in mind “low-speed vehicles.”

Spokesman Rae Tyson said that such vehicles cannot go over 25 miles per hour.



Marostica last month filed the initial paperwork to shift state employees to a workweek of four 10-hour days. He also cited gas prices and reduced energy use as reasons to support the bill.


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