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“Who needs the Amp when we have golf carts? Micro-transportation grows downtown…”
First came the pedal taverns, followed by the pedi-cabs. Now, golf carts are the latest form of alternative transportation whisking tourists up and down Nashville city streets.
One local company, bolstered by new Metro regulations that passed last month to govern the service, sees an opportunity to be on the forefront of a new industry – “micro-transportation.” The idea is simple: create a low-cost, low-barrier transportation option for three- to five-minute rides, covering distances that are too close for taxis, but too far to walk.
In Nashville, Joyride has historically catered to moving tourists in heavily trafficked areas (the idea was born during CMA fest), but Sizemore has plans to get more locals riding this year by tackling a much-talked about issue: parking. The idea is that a Joyride golf cart can shuttle employees from less congested, farther out parking areas closer to work.
The company is entirely tip-based, meaning there is no base fee for a ride. Like Uber, Joyride takes a certain percentage of drivers’ tips to maintain the golf carts, run a dispatch system and handle the Metro permitting process, required under the new regulations that passed. The regulations also require the golf carts to be inspected annually, have blinkers and tail lights, and seat belts for all passengers. And, drivers must pass background checks and training similar to those required of Metro taxi drivers.