You won't be seeing the curious bar-like "quadracycles" that shuttle imbibing patrons around Savannah on the Charleston peninsula.
The mobile "pedal bars," where the customers must pedal but an operator steers and brakes, are among the types of slow-moving vehicles the City Council voted Tuesday unanimously to prohibit. The group also placed new restrictions on the use of golf carts.
The ordinance must have two more readings before it's officially adopted.
Councilman Bill Moody, chairman of the group's Traffic and Transportation Committee, said horse-drawn carriages and pedicabs will continue to be allowed. "We don't want Charleston to become a Disneyland, Key West kind of thing," Moody said. "If it's not licensed by the DMV, we don't want it in this community."
City Council wants people to use "a taxi or a limo or something that's already authorized," he said.
Mayor Joe Riley said he strongly supports the ordinance. Charleston is a real place, Riley said, not only a tourist destination. People use the streets to get to work and school. Many slow-moving vehicles simply aren't safe, he said, and they "create the atmosphere of a theme park."
Golf carts currently are licensed by the state Department of Motor Vehicles, Moody said. And people can drive them on streets where the speed limit is 35 mph or less. "But we don't want them used to transport people."
For instance, he said, under the ordinance, a hotel would not be allowed to use a golf cart to transport its customers to restaurants.
But, if a hotel owns a parking lot a few blocks away, it could use a golf cart to transport customers between those two points. "You can transport between Point A and Point B if you own Point A and Point B," Moody said.
Reach Diane Knich at 843-937-5491 or on Twitter at @dianeknich.
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