When Upper Arlington City Council members rejected an ordinance to allow golf carts on city streets June 28, they said it just wasn't the right time.

When Upper Arlington City Council members rejected an ordinance to allow golf carts on city streets June 28, they said it just wasn't the right time.

In fact, councilman David DeCapua said there was no "appetite" in the community for legislation to allow golf-cart like vehicles that operate at speeds of less than 25 mph.

The proposed ordinance would have allowed residents to operate the vehicles on streets where the speed limit is 25 miles per hour or under.

The village of Canal Winchester approved legislation in 2007 to allow golf carts on the roads there, and some Arlington residents had hoped to do the same.

Jack Cowan, of Brixton Road, spearheaded the discussion by proposing legislation to city manager Virginia Barney, and she took it to council for consideration.

"It would be a very efficient, economical vehicle to run around," Cowan said. "It just seemed to me to have a practical aspect. There are many cities and towns around the United States that have approved golf carts for transportation."

Cowan said that golf carts are a cost-effective way to get around town as opposed to an electric car.

He noted that an electric golf cart can be plugged in anywhere and does not require the special hook-ups that an electric car does.

Resident Tim Huffman, owner of Huffman's Market in the Tremont Center, said he enjoys driving his golf cart but did like the way the legislation was written.

"I'm totally in favor of it, but if they had passed it the way they wrote it, I would only be able to drive it on a 25 mph street," Huffman said. "I wouldn't be able to quickly cross over other streets."

Huffman spoke on the topic at the June 28 council meeting.

He said likes his golf cart because the cost of gas and maintenance are much lower than for a car.

"You don't have to warm it up," he said. "I have less than a two-minute drive to work."

In Canal Winchester, council president Marilyn Rush-Ekelberry said they've had no problems sharing the road with golf carts in the past three years.

"If they wish to get around town or take children to school, they know the rules adopted by council," Rush-Ekelberry said. "I don't think we've had any problems. It's probably worked out better than we thought. They got what they wanted; we got what we wanted. We wanted them to have the same automobile code as any other automobile."

According to Sgt. Kirk Kern of the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office, golf carts are treated just like any other vehicle on the road in Canal Winchester, except they are only permitted to drive on roads that have speed limits of 25 miles per hour or under similar to the legislation that Upper Arlington council considered.

Barney said that if the demand for driving golf carts on the road should increase, she would like to see the state regulate their use.

"Most states regulate at a state level. Ohio does not at this time," Barney said. "Our hope is that if these vehicles become popular in Ohio, Ohio would regulate them across the state so that each jurisdiction doesn't have to do it."

With state regulation, she said, Ohio residents can be sure on the guidelines for driving these vehicles just as they are for all of the other Ohio traffic laws.

Both Barney and Emma Speight, deputy city manager for communications, said little has been heard from golf cart proponents since the legislation was defeated nearly two months ago.