Peachtree city, GA

Good morning, Electrifying Times! 
 
I've attached a couple of photos of golf carts that might work. I don't have a standard release, but can give you some basic info:
  • Peachtree City has 36,000 residents (about 13,600 households)
  • We have a 90-mile network of paved multi-use paths (golf carts, pedestrians, bicycles) that connect our residential neighborhoods to parks, schools, shopping, etc.  Paths run both along major streets and through wooded, natural areas. We don't have sidewalks in most of our neighborhoods, and the paths serve that function running behind homes between neighborhoods.  We also have tunnels and bridges to give safer crossings for the major streets. Many of our local businesses have designated golf cart parking, but they can also use regular automobile spaces.
  • We have over 8,000 registered golf carts
  • This one is important: - We also have streets and automobiles (a recent NY Times article on the Tour de Georgia indicated we didn't allow cars and folks had to use golf carts - not so).
  • We've got a good amount of information posted on the system on our web site at http://www.peachtree-city.org/index.asp?NID=216 
  • Although we are a master-planned city, the paths were not originally part of the plan when the City was incorporated in 1959.  The developers built a golf course in the 1960s, and some of the nearby residents wanted a way to take their own carts to the course.  More paths were added as more neighborhoods were built, and eventually the City adopted ordinances requiring that new development include a connection to the system.  In 1974, the State of Georgia actually adopted legislation allowing local communities to permit golf carts on public streets to accommodate Peachtree City.  Now we are seeing more of them used in Fayette County and around Georgia.
  • Children as young as 12 can drive a cart on the paths with a parent in the front seat.  15-year olds with a learners permit can drive alone, which prompted the creation of a separate golf cart parking lot at the local high school - it holds about 150, and is full every day. (photo top)
  • Because we don't require a drivers license for folks over 16, many of our senior residents have given up drivers licenses because they can use a golf cart for every-day errands (shopping, doctor appointments, dinner out, etc.), giving them continued independence and mobility.
  • We have done a local survey that indicates our residents use the paths (carts, walking, bikes) in lieu of cars for up to 1 million trips per year, which really helps out our local traffic.
I'm going to try to snap a few more shots today - my stock is pretty limited (and low resolution).
 
Thanks,
Betsy Tyler
info@peachtree-city.org
May 21st, 2007