To the Editor:
The Yorkville city aldermen unanimously approved allowing those considered “disabled” as per ADA definitions to operate golf carts on city streets and property, as reported in the Sept. 28 Kendall County Record.
I hope further reflection will require disabled to obtain permits for themselves and vehicles. It is bad enough bicycles ridden by kids or drunks or the oblivious wobble along roads unsafely. 10 mph golf carts on Somonauk Road driven by visually or physically handicapped children or adults? This is like driving your car through a playground.
Most sidewalk crossing curbs have been eliminated to allow wheel chairs to cross streets. Most sidewalks could accommodate golf carts. Treat carts as wheel chairs, confine them to sidewalks and pedestrian crossings and work from there to provide wide enough walks and extend sidewalks where necessary. This will also aid pedestrians. What about all the bicycle paths? The handicapped must use 10 mph golf carts on 35 mph streets so fitness buffs don't have to pass them on bicycle paths.
Streets provide access for semi-trailers, fire equipment, emergency and business vehicles as well as automobiles, motorcycles and towed equipment. Sidewalks are provided for a reason.
Alphonse I. Johnson