For decades, golf cart drivers have used sidewalks to get around

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Florida. A $1 million Cypress Village Boulevard mobility improvement project is meant to stop golf cart drivers from using sidewalks to increase pedestrian safety.

What do you want to know

  • Residents use their golf carts on sidewalks, something the county government is seeking to change
  • The county government wants to create two lanes just for the use of golf carts
  • Residents are concerned about increased traffic in the area

The four-lane boulevard is now reduced to two lanes for cars, with the outer lanes reserved for golf carts between Upper Creek Drive and 19th Avenue.

Corina Bush, who lives in Cypress Creek Village (across from Sun City Center) says the project does not meet the needs of her community. Bush traded her car keys for a golf cart when she moved from Chicago to Hillsborough County.

“I love this golf cart. It’s so relaxing,” Bush said. It’s now his primary means of transportation for running errands and getting to doctor’s appointments along Cypress Village Boulevard.

“I really don’t understand what someone who drives a golf cart would benefit from that compared to what they already have,” Bush said, referring to the sidewalks.

She says every golf cart driver in the area has been using sidewalks for decades. Hillsborough County is looking to change that behavior with new golf cart lanes along the boulevard.

“It’s going to be dangerous,” Bush said.

In its initial statement, the county told Spectrum Bay News 9 that the sidewalk width of the boulevard was 5 feet and therefore the use of a golf cart was prohibited, according to a Florida law. .

However, the Cypress Creek Village Homeowners Association measured the same sidewalk width at 6 feet 9 inches and says golf cart drivers complied with the law. Hillsborough County again responded by saying “golf carts are not permitted on sidewalks unless the path is otherwise designated for golf carts.”

Bush says it’s not out of the norm for golf carts to be driven on sidewalks in the area. She also says that reducing lanes could create more traffic, which could lead to more accidents.

“Cars go 50 miles per hour on this road [Cypress Village Boulevard]”, Bush said. “Anyone who lives between either exits at 674, then takes the boulevard and goes back up to 19 because there is no exit.”

“The single lane slows traffic, but it creates all these other safety issues,” said Sunny Lazar, who lives in Cypress Creek Village.

He worries that golf cart drivers are always at a disadvantage when driving alongside other motorists. He and his neighbors sent letters to the county about their concerns.