UPS to de­ploy golf cart de­liv­ery in Golden

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By John Aguilar

Res­i­dents of Golden soon will see United Par­cel Ser­vice driv­ers de­liv­er­ing pack­ages via golf cart in­stead of the big brown trucks the com­pany is known for, pro­vid­ing some neigh­bor­hoods in the city needed re­lief from the crush of de­liv­ery vehicles that are ubiq­ui­tous in an age of heavy on­line shop­ping.

The City Coun­cil on Thurs­day night ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion that will al­low the UPS golf carts — with trail­ers at­tached — to roll through certain neigh­bor­hoods through the end of the year as part of a pilot project, pos­si­bly the first of its kind in Colorado.

UPS this week told The Den­ver Post it hoped to get ser­vice go­ing as soon as Fri­day, but Golden po­lice Capt. Joe Har­vey told the coun­cil Thurs­day that the com­pany had not yet in­formed the city which neigh­bor­hoods it wants to ser­vice. The com­pany also hasn’t dis­closed how many golf carts it plans to use in Golden.

But Har­vey said the po­lice de­part­ment has no wor­ries about safety be­ing a con­cern. For neigh­bor­hood res­i­dents, he cited the safety of golf carts over trucks in terms of size and ma­neu­ver­abil­ity.

In ad­di­tion, UPS would be lim­ited to us­ing gaspow­ered golf carts on streets where the posted speed limit is no more than 25 mph. Driv­ers would not be al­lowed to ex­ceed 20 mph, ac­cord­ing to UPS’ agree­ment with the city. UPS golf carts also will have to have front and rear lights, be “con­spic­u­ously marked as UPS vehicles” and have a red re­flec­tive haz­ard sym­bol af­fixed to the rear of the trailer.

“Imag­ine the pol­lu­tion we could avoid with­out all those trucks stop­ping and start­ing on our streets,” Har­vey told the coun­cil.

De­liv­ery by golf cart comes as the hol­i­day gift­giv­ing sea­son ap­proaches a crescendo 2K weeks be­fore Christ­mas. Re­tail an­a­lysts have es­ti­mated that e-com­merce sales na­tion­wide will swell by 18 per­cent to 21 per­cent this hol­i­day sea­son over last year’s.

Colorado wouldn’t be the first place UPS has cho­sen for golf cart use. The com­pany de­ploys the vehicles in states mostly where it’s warm year-round and of­ten to as­sist dur­ing the busy hol­i­day gift-giv­ing sea­son. UPS also uses other un­con­ven­tional vehicles around the world, in­clud­ing bi­cy­cles, snow­mo­biles, horse­drawn car­riages, elec­tri­c­as­sist bi­cy­cles and mo­tor­cy­cles.

The com­pany even uses a gon­dola to make de­liv­er­ies in Italy.

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