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Golf carts are a danger?

April 18, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

I am writing this in support of allowing golf carts on certain parts of Pine Island, as agreed to and voted on by attendees at the GPICA meetings.

Let's review - on Pine Island, bicycle riders have designated bike lanes on both sides of Pine Island Road and Stringfellow Road; they have their own bike path along Stringfellow (that they must share with pedestrians, including dog walkers), and they can ride on all roads.

But that isn't enough for the few folks I have heard or met (all part-timers) at the GPICA meetings or while walking my dog. No, they want to prohibit golf carts from all roads and the bike path, because golf carts pose a "danger." To whom? I find myself much more jumpy around speeding bicyclists than I am near folks driving their golf cart. When I'm walking and notice a bicyclist speeding down the road toward me, I move out of their way in consideration of them. It's not like Pine Island is swarming with racing bicyclists, roaring golf carts or running athletes. People need to learn to be considerate of and respect others with different modes of mobility. This is primarily a laid-back island - most folks ride their bicycles casually, drive their golf carts leisurely, and walk at a slow to moderate pace.

We moved to Pine Island for the laid-back, live-and-let-live, relaxed people and environment. For a few months of the year, snowbirds are here and things get a little crowded. Then they leave, and there's just us full-timers on mostly empty streets and paths (including the Stringfellow bike path). We say to those who have trouble dealing with it, try to remember that it's not all about "you" - relax and enjoy Pine Island!

Carol D. Crane

St. James City



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