Grinnell Gives Qualified “Yes” to Golf Carts on Streets

Fort Madison recently said “no,” but Grinnell has become the latest in a string of Iowa cities to allow golf carts on some city streets.

The Grinnell City Council this week took final action on an ordinance that allows golf carts on city streets, however the slow-moving vehicles will not be allowed on either of the highways that pass through Grinnell, nor will carts be allowed in the city’s downtown area. The ordinance prohibits golf carts in the city’s parks, too.

Grinnell residents who want to drive their golf cart within the city limits have to register the cart with the city. That’s common in many Iowa towns which allow residents to use golf carts off of the golf course. State law allows cities and counties to pass ordinances allowing golf carts on city streets, but the operator must have a valid driver’s license. In addition, the cart itself must be “equipped with a slow moving vehicle sign and a bicycle safety flag.” The law also states golf carts may only be operated on city streets during daylight hours — “from sunrise to sunset” — and the vehicles must have “adequate brakes.”