Golf carts over brown trucks? UPS turning to golf carts for holiday deliveries in Golden

GOLDEN, Colo. -- UPS is looking at an out-of-the-box option for making deliveries in Golden: golf carts. 

“Golf carts and trailers to deliver packages to our residential neighborhoods,” police Captain Joe Harvey said. 

An item in front of the Golden City Council on Thursday night will allow the worldwide shipping corporation to operate on residential streets between December 8 and 31. 

“Imagine an Arctic Cat type of utility vehicle. A little bit bigger than golf cart but much smaller than a car,” Harvey said. 

The carts would be used specifically on tighter residential streets instead of the large brown trucks that the company is known for. 

“I’d rather see a little golf cart go up 12th Street, our narrow little street here, than a big brown boat sailing up,” resident Dona Wilkes said.

“If you remove the large vehicle and replace it with a small golf cart you increase public safety,” Captain Harvey added. “It removes the element of not being able to see on the other side.”

UPS has had success with non-traditional vehicles in other states. Bicycles pulling trailers have been part of UPS’s plan in Florida, and golf carts have also been implemented in Arizona. 

Denver7 reached out to UPS for more details or comment, but did not hear back by the time of publication. 

If the pilot program works, the City Golden could look to make the program full-time. 

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