So let’s say you live in a smallish suburban town of ~30,000 and the town goes on a building spree of Multi-Use Paths. Over 90 miles of paths are built. Town ordinances are set up to allow the following users:
- Non-motorized vehicles
- Roller skates, roller blades & skateboards (daylight only)
- Registered golf carts (cannot exceed 20 mph)
- Registered LSMVs in mode restricting vehicle speed to 20 mph or less (An LSMV is a four-wheeled electric vehicle whose top speed is between 20 mph and 25 mph and complies with federal motor vehicle safety standards for low-speed vehicles).
- Emergency and authorized maintenance vehicles
- Bicycles (traditional and electric)
- Wheelchairs (conventional and electric)
- Electric vehicles designed to carry one person at a speed of 20 mph or less, except as prohibited below.
- Registered electric personal assistive mobility devices (EPAMDs)
Which of these is the most popular?
The town is Peachtree City, GA, a planned community. The overwhelming choice is the golf cart. There are over 9,000 registered carts, which comes out to about one per household. Over half the people that live there don’t play golf. The golf cart has become a primary source of transportation.
Accidents have become a problem, mostly because people don’t wear seat belts and fall out.
One more lesson that being anti-car doesn’t mean pro-bicycle. Given the choice, Americans choose ease and convenience.