Downtown Tampa has e-scooters, bicycles, and streetcars. Ready for golf carts?

Tampa – Nowadays there are many methods to get round downtown Tampa: stroll the Riverwalk, experience e-bikes and scooters, experience a water taxi, experience a free tram or drive an previous automotive.

So is the town heart prepared for golf carts?

Already a mainstay in neighborhoods from Solar Metropolis Middle to the Davis Islands – the place locals can spot resident skilled athletes – Channelside Golf Cart Leases just lately opened on the sting of the quickly creating downtown Water Avenue Tampa.

The constitution firm is owned by Ethan Luster, who additionally has the golf cart enterprise in Clearwater Seaside, Saint Pete Seaside, Indian Rocks Seaside, and Dunedin. Luster lives on close by Harbor Island, the place – sure – he has a golf cart.

The common-or-garden fleet of eight 4-passenger gas-powered vans, rented from the parking storage at 369 S twelfth St. It may be pushed on roads with a prime velocity of 35 mph or much less.

“You’ll be able to take it to Armature Works. You’ll be able to take all of it the best way to Hyde Park,” stated Luster, 26.

Response, significantly from those that assist alternate options to automotive visitors, was predictably enthusiastic.

Kimberly Curtis, chair of the Group Redevelopment District in Channel District, stated she’s seen golf carts on neighborhood streets just lately however assumed they had been privately owned.

“I assist this,” she stated. “So long as they don’t seem to be on bike paths, Riverwalk walkways, and sidewalks, it is a good various.”

Ashley Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Downtown Tampa Partnership, agreed, saying, “We collaborate with any sort of small mobility choice that takes vehicles off the roads.”

“I’ll personally assist as many various modes of mobility as we are able to provide you with,” stated Karen Kress, director of Transportation and Partnership Planning, a nonprofit group that manages the downtown space by means of an settlement with the town.

A number of the other ways to get across the metropolis heart which have been seen lately: bike leases, e-scooters, two-wheeled, motorized excursions, Segways excursions, Pirate Water taxis, different ships on the Hillsborough River, and periodically, a POP-style rickshaw Mounted between downtown and Ybor Metropolis. There may be additionally a two-hour guided tour of the town through golf cart.

The Pirate Water Taxi roams the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa.
The Pirate Water Taxi roams the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

“That is all nearly having one other choice to get round in Tampa,” stated Brandy Mikellos, metropolis infrastructure and mobility program coordinator. “Simply making it a safer and extra pleasing place to roam.”

Nobody has to promote Tampa-based business actual property dealer Abby Ahern on golf carts: She drives her personal electrical model of her neighborhood simply north of downtown to work, dinner, and baseball practices for her sons within the Davis Islands south of downtown.

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“I now drive my automotive a couple of times every week,” she stated.

Segway tour along the Tampa Riverwalk.
Segway tour alongside the Tampa Riverwalk. [ CHRIS URSO | Tampa Bay Times ]

New downtown rental companies require drivers to be at the very least 25 years previous with a sound licence. Camper leases are $35 for one hour and $25 an hour for 2 hours or extra. It is $225 for a full day.

It has been a bit sluggish to date in the summertime months, Luster says, however he expects to extend because the information spreads.

“We acquired some hire, however not a loopy quantity,” he stated. “We want extra.”