Slow ride: Minnesota communities tackle demand for golf carts on city streets

Rochester among the latest cities discussing whether to allow golf carts on public roads


August 7, 2023

Leila Navidi, Star Tribune

Kim Doublin of Cottage Grove loaded an upgraded golf cart she and her husband traded another in for onto their trailer at Golf Carts of Minnesota on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023 in Oakdale, Minn. Golf cart dealers say demand has risen over the past few years for more street-ready carts as people clamor to ride on the roads.

ROCHESTER - Golf carts aren't just for older residents or trips at the cabin anymore. This booming metropolitan area in southeast Minnesota is considering allowing them on city streets.

Rochester is crafting a potential ordinance to allow golf carts on public roadways after its City Council last month directed staff to look into the issue. An ordinance in Minnesota's third-largest city would be a big step for golf cart fans - instead of ambling streets in a small town, cart drivers could putter about within spitting distance of the high-speed traffic on Hwy. 52.

Rochester is following other communities across the state whose residents are looking for an economical way to get around, even if they're nowhere near a green.


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