The proposed change would allow already-registered gas golf carts to cruise the paths for the next decade, but no new ones would be registered.
Pam Dufresne, deputy city clerk, said there are about 10,500 registered carts and 5 percent of those run on gasoline. The gas golf cart owners were asked additional questions on the survey.
The most common reasons they chose gas instead of electric are the carts have more power on hills, the fear of the battery running out and stranding the driver and passengers on the path at night, and the gas carts are cheaper to operate.
One person suggested the only reason to ban gas-powered carts was “to be difficult and mean-spirited.”
The overall response from those supporting the ban was that gas golf carts are noisy, “smelly” and move too fast.
“Gas golf carts detract from the natural nature of the path system. They are noisy and they pollute the paths,” one person wrote.
Another wrote: “Gas carts are ridiculous, and all of us grown [sic] when we pass one. They stink.”