Golf carts could be coming to Spokane streets

SPOKANE, Wash. - The idea of golf carts cruising down Hillyard is picking up speed.

Monday night the Spokane City Council will vote on making it legal for golf carts to zip around northeast Spokane from Francis to Euclid and from Nevada to Havana.

Golf carts are already street legal in Cheney and Liberty Lake. Longtime Hillyard resident Karen Tuininga hopes her community follows.

Golf carts could be coming to Spokane streets

"It's environmentally friendly, which I really like. I don't own a car and it would be nice to utilize something besides public transit," Tuininga said.

She isn't the only one who approves. Clyde Decker also gives the carts the green light.

"I think it's a great idea because so many people don't go that far and the side streets are not a problem at all there's not that much traffic," Clyde said.

Drivers would need to be 16 and register with the city to get a decal. The carts would only be allowed on streets that are 25 mph or less.

"That's the way we want to keep it just residential streets. You can cross over a busy street just like a bicyclist could but you can't use them, we wouldn't want them (golf carts) on busy streets," Councilwoman Amber Waldref said.

As for safety, Councilwoman Waldref who sponsors the ordinance says they spent a year working out any kinks.

"I'm confident that we put some safety measures in place and require reflectors and all sorts of equipment to make sure you are going to be noticeable to other pedestrians and automobiles," Waldref said.