Putting green to parkway, golf carts street legal in Parkville - KCTV5

Putting green to parkway, golf carts street legal in Parkville

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PARKVILLE, MO (KCTV) -

Residents in Parkville can register their street-legal golf cart Thursday, allowing them to drive around town, saving on gas and boosting the city's image as a green community.

Parkville is joining a handful of communities across Missouri that already allow golf carts to be driven on streets in their areas.

Erik Bergrud with the Parkville Economic Development Council said it is all about keeping Parkville connected. And the golf cart issue is one piece of a bigger picture in promoting trails, walkability and positioning Parkville as one of the greenest sustainable cities in the metro area.

"The golf cart idea came about trying to figure out how could you connect people so that they could leave their house and actually drive to work in Parkville. Or in the case of the university, so our students, instead of having to walk up the hill to go to the Walgreens, they could check out a golf cart and go get medicine or whatever else they need," Erik Bergrud said.

If anyone owns one of these golf carts, they shouldn't take to the streets just yet. They will need to visit Parkville City Hall to register their golf cart.

"One of the visions for Parkville was to be a place where you could live, work, dine out, play and learn. And to have a place… we didn't use the terms at the time, an ecosystem where you could be in Parkville 24/7," Bergrud said.

Residents in Lamar, Albany and Holden, MO, can drive golf carts. City officials there said they haven't had any problems with the carts on streets, including accidents.

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