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Electric Car Proposal Short Circuits

The Foster City Council wants to set a trend and be one of the first cities in the state to allow go-carts throughout the city, but Councilwoman Linda Koelling felt the previous plan to lower speeds from 40 to 35 mph on three major streets went too far and deserved further study.

Published: 03-Jan-2007

An ambitious goal to allow electric go-cart transportation throughout Foster City was set into motion last night, although it is scaled back from a previous plan approved last month.

The Foster City Council wants to set a trend and be one of the first cities in the state to allow go-carts throughout the city, but Councilwoman Linda Koelling felt the previous plan to lower speeds from 40 to 35 mph on three major streets went too far and deserved further study.

The council unanimously agreed and voted to rescind last month's decision. It then passed a motion to promote the use of "Neighborhood Electric Vehicles" — or NEVs — by way of television, radio and by driving the city's only such vehicle more often. It will also lower the speed limit from 40 mph to 35 mph on parts of Shell Boulevard between East Hillsdale Boulevard and Bounty Drive and East Hillsdale Boulevards between Altair Avenue and Edgewater Boulevard to allow residents who may purchase a NEV to make their way to major shopping areas, such as the Metro Center.

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