Golf carts all the rage in Lyons |

Golf carts all the rage in Lyons

LYONS – One Boulder County town is starting to look a bit like a Florida golf resort. Now that golf carts have been made street-legal in Lyons, more residents are turning to the cheap, energy-efficient carts for short trips.

About 20 residents in Lyons now use golf carts on municipal streets after a new town ordinance made them legal on city streets. The growing popularity of golf cart transport has law enforcement reminding residents that golf cart drivers must obey regular traffic laws.

“I even drive mine in the winter,” said Lyons resident Sam Tallent, a golf cart backer who helped push for the change in town traffic laws more than a year ago.

Tallent has started a side business selling electric golf carts to his neighbors and said people ask him all the time about picking up a cart for errands.

“People are contacting me weekly asking me (about) the pros and cons,” Tallent told the Daily Camera newspaper. “And there are very few cons.”

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Boulder County sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Parker sent a reminder to the town about cart rules last week after concerns about how they’re to be used. He reminded Lyons that golf cart drivers must be licensed, sober and off sidewalks to comply with the law. Riders in golf carts must be in seats, not hanging from the cart.

Parker praised most cart drivers, though, and said golf carts are an efficient alternative to cars.

“Every car we can get off the road is an improvement and one less gallon we have to buy from BP,” he said.

Tallent’s partner, Karl Kassler, says a Lyons camaraderie has grown up around the golf carts. He says drivers wave as they pass and chat while waiting at stop signs in their doorless vehicles. Even Mayor Julie Van Domelen jumps on her cart to run errands.

“People are becoming aware of the convenience and the community acceptance of the carts,” Kassler said.

Lyons resident Betsy Burton even sold her main car in favor of a golf cart powered by solar panels.

“We love it,” she said.

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