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New Ways To Get Around Town Hit Nashville Streets

New Ways To Get Around Town Hit Nashville Streets

CREATED Apr 23, 2014
by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With more people visiting downtown Nashville, there's a bigger need for transportation options. Several companies are opening businesses with unique means of getting around.

Joyride Nashville has been in business since November. Their company operates street-legal golf carts that can travel as fast as 45-miles per hour.

"They're 4X4's, four stroke engines," said Joyride Nashville operations manager Steven Kelso. "They fit six people, seven including the driver."

Joyride does take people on trips from one destination, to another. But the company does not operate a taxi service.

"We don't charge a fair, our drivers work off tips," Kelso explained.

The company also caters to group tours and parties. The guided tours visit the more popular spots around the downtown area.

Kelso said his company stands out because their vehicles are unique.

"It turns heads when we drive past people who've never seen it before," he explained.

The new forms of transportation have also caught the attention of the Metro Transportation Licensing Commission. The agency does not currently have laws regulating these new vehicles, because they are so new.

"I did not expect some of these things to be in Nashville, because I don't think anybody had thought of them," said Billy Fields, the director of the Metro Transportation Licensing Commission.

But Fields is working on new legislation he will bring to Metro Council to get a handle on these new ways to get around the city.

"I did not expect some of these things to be in Nashville, because I don't think anybody had thought of them,' he explained. "We know that they're following the rules, we want to make sure they're fully insured and their drivers are safe."

Fields does not know if pedicabs and golf carts will be part of the same legislation as Uber and Lyft. He is expected to have the legal questions answered by mid-summer.

Currently Joyride Nashville has three carts on the streets of Nashville, the company will have four more delivered on Friday.

"We're up and running and we don't plan on going anywhere," Kelso said.

Each cart cost $14,000, so Joyride Nashville made a significant investment in the concept.

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