One of our favorite parts of the Braselton and South Hall areas is the Braselton Life Path or as some locals refer to it, the Braselton Golf Cart Paths. The Braselton Life Path is a unique 10 foot wide path system connecting residential, retail and office space around the Braselton, Hoschton and Flowery Branch areas.
Currently the Life Path runs down Friendship Road from I-985 and connects into HWY 211 near the North Georgia Medical Center Braselton and Chateau Elan
. Residents love the path because of its ease of access to multiple retail centers, restaurants and shopping. There's nothing better than jumping on your golf cart on a nice day and cruising around town or going to dinner.
We often get questions about the cart paths so below are some common questions with answers to help you out. If you're looking for the official City of Braselton Ordinance regarding the Golf Cart paths please scroll to the bottom of this post.Q1 - Who can drive?
A1.1 - Anyone 16 years old unless their drivers license is suspended or revoked.
A1.2 - Anyone 15 years old WITHOUT a learners permit must be accompanied in the front seat by a person at least 18 years old with a valid drivers license or a parent, grandparent or guardian.
A1.3 - Anyone 15 years old WITH a learners permit must be accompanied in the front seat by a person at least 15 years old or they may be accompanied by up to three immediate family members.
A1.4 - Anyone between 12 years old and 14 years old must be accompanied in the front seat by a parent, grandparent or guardian.
A1.5 - No person under the age of 12 may drive or operate a motorized cart or vehicle on the paths.Q2 - Can I drive on the street?
A2 - No low speed motor vehicle (Golf Carts) can operate on any streets where the posted speed limit exceeds 35 miles per hour. Low speed motor vehicles CAN cross streets where the posted speed limit exceeds 35 miles per hour.Q3 - What are the rules of the cart path?
A3 - Normal rules of the road apply. Pedestrians have the right-of-way. Official ruled and guidelines can be found a the bottom of this page in the official Braselton Golf Cart Ordinance.Q4 - How fast can I go?
A4 - You cannot go faster than 7 miles per hour on any cart path OR 15 miles per hour on any other town right-of-way. These limits are set at the state level.Q5 - What can go on the paths?
A5.1 - Pedestrians
A5.2 - Non-motorized vehicles
A5.3 - Roller skates, roller blades and skateboards (daylight only)
A5.4 - Electric & Gas powered golf carts
A5.5 - Emergency and authorized maintenance vehicles
A5.6 - Bicycles, traditional and electric
A5.7 - Electric and conventional wheelchairs
A5.8 - Electric vehicles designed to carry one person at a speed not to exceed 20 miles per hour
A5.9 - Low speed motor vehicles that do not exceed 20 miles per hour
A5.10 - Electric personal assistive mobility device, ie. SegwaysQ6 - What is prohibited on the paths?
A6.1 - Automobiles and trucks
A6.2 - Motorcycles
A6.3 - Street and trail motorized bikes and vehicles
A6.4 - Minibikes & Mopeds
A6.5 - Horses
A6.6 - Go-Karts
A6.7 - Motorized Skateboards or Scooters
A6.8 - Motorized Play Vehicles
A6.9 - Any vehicle designed by the manufacturer to be able to travel in excess to 20 miles per hour under its own power on flat surfacesQ7 - Do I need lights?
A7 - If you want to operate your golf cart or any vehicle on the cart paths after dark you must have headlights AND taillights. Your headlights must emit light no less than 300 feet in front of your vehicle.Q8 - Do I need a horn?
A8 - A warning or announcement must be given when approaching pedestrians from the rear. This announcement can be verbal but it is recommended to have a horn.Q9 - What are some facts about the Life Path?
A9.1 - To be considered part of the Braselton Life Path the sidewalk must be 5ft wide of greater.
A9.2 - The Life Path is currently 1.6 miles and covers an area connecting 20,000 homes and 160 businesses.
A9.3 - The future development of the Life Path will consist of 11 total miles.
A9.4 - Future development will run from Ace Hardware on HWY 211 to Liberty Church Rd to a small park that will run along a creek and under I-85 and up to HWY 124 to take you into downtown Braselton
A9.5 - Flowery Branch is considering connecting Sterling on the Lake to the Life Path but they have not confirmed yet.
A9.6 - All alcohol use is the same as driving a car on a legal road.
A9.7 - First offense on the Life Path is a $250 fine, second offense is a $500 fine and the third offense is a $1,000 fine and 2 years of non-use.Q10 - Where can I go on a Golf Cart?
A.10 - Here are some of the restaurants, fast food, neighborhoods and stores that can be accessed from the Braselton Life Path.Retail & Grocery
• Chase Bank
• Wells Fargo Bank
• Fidelity Bank
• Bank of the Ozarks
• Auto Zone
• Advance Auto Parts
• Duncan's Corner Bottle Shop
• JAX Fine Wine and Spirits
• Block N Blade Butcher Shop
• Anytime Fitness
• 24 Hour Fitness
• Ace HardwareFast Food
• Taco Bell
• Peking Garden
• Pizza Hut
• Marco's Pizza
• Waffle House
• Culver's of Braselton
• Dunkin Donuts
• Diablo's Southwest Grill (like a Moe's)
• Mocha Moe's Coffee House
• Biba's Italian
• El Centinela Mexican
• Sushi Heeya (our favorite)
• Papa Jack's Country Kitchen
• Southern Smoke BBQ
• Cabo's Mexican
• Johnny's New York Pizza
• Monterrey Mexican
• Ninja Japanese Steakhouse
• Sopranos Grill
• Pat's Eatery
• Jeffrey's Sports Grill
• Jack's Old South BBQMedical
• North Georgia Hospital - Braselton
• Urgent Care of Northeast Georgia Health System
• Pretty Much Any Medical Services You Need Are Here :-)Spiritual
• 12 Stone Church - Braselton
• Celebration ChurchNeighborhoods
• Reunion Country Club
• Mulberry Park
• Township at Mulberry Park
• The Falls of Braselton
• Clearwater Plantation
• Reflections of Braselton
• Village at Deaton Creek
• Chateau Elan
• Del Webb at Chateau Elan
• Chateau Corners
• Riverbend at Mulberry Park
• Riverstone Park
As you can see there is plenty to do on the Life Path.
If you have any further questions about the Braselton Life Path please give us a call at 404-620-4571 or below we have the official Golf Cart Ordinance from the City of Braselton. This ordinance was the latest found from the City of Braselton and was dated 4/11/2011.
Official Braselton Code of Ordinances - Dated April 11, 2011
Section 11-105 Golf Cart Ordinance
1. Findings; definition.
A. The Town finds that the operation of motorized carts, electric bicycles, and low speed motor vehicles (LSMV) serve as appropriate, alternative means of transportation when utilized consistent with the regulations and general notions of safety set forth below.
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section:
(1) All-terrain vehicle means any motorized vehicle designed for off-road use which is equipped with three or more low pressure tires and with a seat to be straddled by the operator and with handlebars for steering control.
(2) Automobile means a passenger vehicle primarily designed to legally travel on the highways of this state that usually has an engine capable of propelling the vehicle over 35 miles per hour.
(3) Bicycle means every device propelled by human power upon which any person may ride, having only two wheels which are in tandem and either of which is more than 13 inches in diameter.
(4) Dealer means a person engaged in the business of buying, selling, or exchanging vehicles who has an established place of business in this state.
(5) Electric bicycle means a device with two or three wheels which has a saddle and fully operative pedals for human propulsion and also has an electric motor. For such a device to be considered an electric assisted bicycle, it shall meet the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, as set forth in 49 C.F.R. Section 571, et seq., and shall operate in such a manner that the electric motor disengages or ceases to function when the brakes are applied. The electric motor in an electric assisted bicycle shall:
(a) Have a power output of not more than 1,000 watts;
(b) Be incapable of propelling the device at a speed of more than 20 miles per hour on level ground; and
(c) Be incapable of further increasing the speed of the device when human power alone is used to propel the device at or more than 20 miles per hour.
(6) Electric personal assistive mobility device or EPAMD means a self-balancing, two non-tandem wheeled device designed to transport only one person and having an electric propulsion system with average power of 750 watts (one horsepower) and a maximum speed of less than 20 miles per hour on a paved level surface when powered solely by such propulsion system and ridden by an operator who weighs less than 170 pounds.
(7) Gross weight means the weight of a vehicle without load plus the weight of any load thereon.
(8) Low-speed motor vehicle or LSMV means any four-wheeled electric vehicle whose top speed attainable in one mile is greater than 20 miles per hour but not greater than 25 miles per hour on a paved level surface and which is manufactured in compliance with those federal motor vehicle safety standards for low-speed vehicles set forth in 49 C.F.R. Section 571.500 and in effect on January 1, 2001.
(9) Moped means a motor driven cycle equipped with two or three wheels, with or without foot pedals to permit muscular propulsion, and an independent power source providing a maximum of two brake horsepower. If a combustion engine is used, the maximum piston or rotor displacement shall be 3.05 cubic inches (50 cubic centimeters) regardless of the number of chambers in such power source. The power source shall be capable of propelling the vehicle, unassisted, at a speed not to exceed 30 miles per hour (48.28 kilometers per hour) on level road surface and shall be equipped with a power drive system that functions directly or automatically only, not requiring clutching or shifting by the operator after the drive system is engaged.
(10) Motorcycle means every motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor, all-terrain vehicle, dirt bike, and moped.
(11) Motor driven cycle means every motorcycle, including every motor scooter, with a motor which produces not to exceed five brake horsepower, every bicycle with a motor attached, and every moped. 11-5 Braselton Code of Ordinances
(12) Motorized cart means every motor vehicle having no less than three wheels and an unladen weight of 1,300 pounds or less and which cannot operate at more than 20 miles per hour.
(13) Motorized play vehicle means a coaster, scooter, pocket bike, any other alternatively fueled device, or other motorized vehicle that is self-propelled by a motor engine, gas or electric, and is not otherwise defined in this code as a "motorized cart", "low speed motor vehicle (LSMV)" "motor vehicle", "motorcycle", "electric bicycle", motorized skateboard", "electric personal assistive mobility device" or "motorized wheelchair".
(14) Motorized skateboard or motorized scooter means a self propelled device that has a motor, gas or electric, a deck upon which a person may ride, not equipped with a seat, and at least two tandem wheels in contact with the ground and which is not otherwise defined in this Code as a "motor vehicle," "motorcycle," "motorized play vehicle," "electric personal assistive mobility device" or "motorized wheelchair."
(15) Motorized wheelchair means a self-propelled wheelchair that is used by a physically disabled person for mobility.
(16) Pocket motorcycle or pocket bike means a two-wheeled vehicle other than a motor vehicle, bicycle with helper motor or a motorized scooter and which is propelled by an internal combustion engine, electric motor or other mechanical means, is capable of carrying a rider and/or passenger at a speed in excess of 20 miles per hour, and is designed to replicate the general appearance of a motorcycle, regardless of the scale of the replication.
(17) Recreation path means a paved area of generally six feet or more in width that is designed or intended for multi-use such as pedestrians, bicyclists, motorized carts, or any other approved use.
(18) Sidewalk means a paved area of generally five feet in width or less that is designed or intended for the use of pedestrian traffic only.
2. Registration/transfer requirements.
(1) Every gasoline powered motorized cart shall at all times be equipped with an exhaust system in good working order and in constant operation, meeting the following specifications:
(a) The exhaust system shall include the piping leading from the flange of the exhaust manifold to and including the muffler and exhaust pipes or include any and all parts specified by the manufacturer.
(b) The exhaust system and its elements shall be securely fastened, including the consideration of missing or broken brackets or hangers.
(c) The engine and powered mechanism of every cart shall be so equipped, adjusted and tuned as to prevent the escape of excessive smoke or fumes.
(2) It shall be unlawful for the owner/operator of any gasoline powered motorized cart to operate or permit the operation of such cart on which any device controlling or abating atmospheric emissions, which is placed on a cart by the manufacturer, to render the device unserviceable by removal, alteration or which interferes with its operation.
C. Rental carts. Cart dealers and distributors, as well as other commercial establishments, may rent carts to the public for use on the recreation paths and streets and those areas accessible by the public of the town. Each such establishment renting carts shall be required to maintain a written record of each person who rents each cart. Renters shall be required to furnish positive identification, shall be provided a copy of this article to read, and must be at least 16 years of age.
D. Electric personal assistive mobility device (EPAMD). EPAMDs shall be subject to the same registration requirements outlined above in subsections (a) and (c).
F. LSMV. No LSMV shall be operated on the paved recreational paths or streets located within the territorial boundaries of the town unless it is legally registered and insured according to laws of the state.
3. Operation regulations.
A. Those persons who are 16 years of age and older may drive a motorized cart on the recreation paths and/or streets and those areas accessible by the public of the Town unless such person has had his or her license to operate a motor vehicle suspended or revoked by the state which issued said license in which case such person shall not be permitted to operate a motorized cart on the recreation paths 11-6 Traffic Control and/or streets and those areas accessible by the public of the town during the time of suspension or revocation.
Those persons who are 15 years of age but not yet 16 years of age may drive a motorized cart on the recreation paths and/or streets and those areas accessible by the public of the town:
(1) If he or she does not have in his or her possession a valid instructional permit issued by the state pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 40-5-24, as may be amended, and has not had his or her instructional permit suspended or revoked, then he or she shall be accompanied in the front seat by a person at least 18 years of age who holds a valid motor vehicle driver's license or he or she shall be accompanied in the front seat by a parent, grandparent or legal guardian; or
(2) If he or she has in his or her possession a valid instructional permit issued by the state pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 40-5-24, as may be amended, and is unaccompanied by a licensed driver as provided in subsection (b)(1), or is unaccompanied by a parent, grandparent or legal guardian as provided in subsection (b)(1), then he or she may be accompanied in the vehicle by up to one other person who must be at least 15 years of age, or he or she may be accompanied by up to three immediate family members.
C. Those persons who are 12 years of age but not yet 15 years of age may drive a motorized cart on the recreation paths and/or streets and those areas accessible by the public of the town if they are accompanied in the front seat by a parent, grandparent or legal guardian.
D. No person under the age of 12 shall be permitted to drive a motorized cart on the recreation paths and/or streets and those areas accessible by the public of the town under any circumstances.
E. All operators shall abide by all traffic regulations applicable to vehicular traffic when using the recreation paths, streets and those areas accessible by the public in the town. Where cart paths exist, they must be used in preference to parallel town streets.
F. Motorized carts and LSMVs shall not be operated on sidewalks at any time.
G. Motorized carts may be operated over those authorized streets, recreational paths and those areas accessible by the public only during daylight hours unless such motorized carts are equipped with functional headlights and taillights.
H. No motorized cart shall be permitted to operate over, along, or across Highway 211 or Highway 347, within the boundaries of the town except where authorized crossings are provided.
I. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any motorized cart or LSMV or any other person operating, employing, permitting the use of or otherwise directing the use of such motorized cart or LSMV to operate or permit the operator of any motorized cart or LSMV to drive over the recreational paths, streets or those areas accessible by the public in the town in violation of this section.
J. LSMV. Only persons possessing a valid license issued by the state, other state of the United States of America, or international agency which permits such person to operate a motor vehicle on the highways of the state may operate a LSMV on the paved recreational paths or streets located within the territorial boundaries of the town.
K. No LSMV shall be permitted to operate on any street of which the posted speed limit exceeds 35 miles per hour. Except as prohibited above, LSMVs shall be permitted to cross over streets of which the posted speed limit exceeds 35 miles per hour.
L. EPAMD. Only persons possessing a valid driver's license, or in lieu of a driver's license, persons who are at least 18 years of age and older, may operate an EPAMD on the paved recreational paths or streets located within the territorial boundaries of the town.
M. No EPAMD shall be permitted to operate on, over, along, or across Highway 211 or Highway 347, within the boundaries of the town except where authorized pedestrian crossings are provided. No EPAMD shall be permitted to operate on any street of which the posted speed limit exceeds 35 miles per hour. Except as prohibited above, EPAMD's shall be permitted to cross over streets of which the posted speed limit exceeds 35 miles per hour.
N. EPAMDs shall be equipped with the following: front, rear, and side reflectors which shall be visible from a distance of 300 feet when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlights on a motor vehicle; a system that when employed will enable the operator to bring the device to a controlled stop; and, if the device is operated between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise, a lamp emitting a white light which, while the device is in motion, illuminates the area in front of the operator for a distance of 300 feet. 11-7 Braselton Code of Ordinances
O. No person shall operate an EPAMD at a speed greater than seven miles per hour when traveling on any path or sidewalk or 15 miles per hour or any other town right-of-way. (This again is limited by state law, see O.C.G.A. § 40-6-322).
P. No person shall operate an EPAMD with more than a single user at any time.
4. Recreation path users - Authorized. Authorized users of recreation paths are as follows:
B. Nonmotorized vehicles;
C. Roller skates, roller blades and skateboarders (daylight only);
D. Electric-powered golf carts;
E. Gasoline-powered golf carts;
F. Emergency and authorized maintenance vehicles;
G. Bicycles, traditional and electric (as defined in section 11-105.1.B);
H. Electric and conventional wheelchairs; and
I. Electric vehicles designed to carry one person at a speed not to exceed 20 miles per hour except as prohibited in Section 11-105.5. J. LSMV provided that the vehicle is operated only in a mode or other restriction which does not allow the vehicle to exceed 20 miles per hour.
5. Same - Prohibited uses. Prohibited uses of recreation paths are as follows:
A. Automobiles and trucks (except authorized maintenance vehicles);
C. Street and trail motorized bikes or vehicles (not to include electric bicycles);
D. Minibikes and mopeds;
I. Motorized skateboards or motorized scooters; and
J. Except as permitted in Section 11-105.4, any vehicle designed by the manufacturer to be able to travel at speeds in excess of 20 miles per hour under its own power on a flat surface.
6. Hazardous activities and special rules.
Paths are for transportation and public recreation by the various groups of permitted users. No individual or group shall engage in hazardous activities on the paths and streets and those areas accessible by the public. Such hazardous activities, and the special rules pertaining to them, include but are not limited to the following:
(1) Racing of any form, except for special events approved by the town; and
(2) Blocking of public access, except for special events approved by the town.
B. None of the prohibited users in Section 11-15.5 shall use the path system or the bridges and/or their underpasses for any purpose whatsoever.
C. Pedestrians, skaters and permitted vehicles shall not loiter or park on recreation path bridges or in underpasses.
D. Normal rules of the road shall apply to the recreation paths. For instance, when approaching oncoming path users, each user shall move to his right side of the path. Passing shall be on the left side of the path.
E. Pedestrians should be given due consideration and reasonable right-of-way by other users of the recreation paths to ensure them safe passage.
F. A warning or announcement shall be given by operators of golf carts and other users of the recreation paths, such as bicyclists and skaters, when approaching pedestrians from the rear. This warning or announcement may be verbal, but it is recommended that bicyclists and golf cart operators equip their vehicles with a warning device such as a horn or bell. Each user of the recreation paths shall be considerate of the safety and welfare of other users, and dangerous conduct will not be tolerated.
G. All laws and ordinances relative to alcohol and its use, including open container laws, which apply to traffic on the streets of the town also apply to the recreation paths. 11-8 Traffic Control.
H. All litter shall be deposited in the receptacles provided along the recreation paths or retained by the path user for proper disposal later. Littering on the recreation paths shall be subject to twice the fines and penalties as littering on the streets.
I. All users of electric bicycles shall wear a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet which meets the standards of the American National Standards Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation's Standards for Protective Headgear for Use in Bicycling or a motorcycle helmet while operating an electric bicycle on the recreational paths.
J. No one under the age of 15 shall operate an electric bicycle on the recreational paths.
K. Seat belts on LSMVs shall be worn by all occupants at all times the vehicle is moving.
L. All operators and passengers must remain seated at all times during the operation of the golf cart. No person may sit on the operator's lap during the operation of the golf cart.
7. Motorized play vehicle; authorizations; prohibitions; disclosure requirements.
A. No motorized play vehicle may be operated on any public street, public roadway, public sidewalk, public park, public or private parking lot, public trail, public shared multi-use path, public bicycle path, and all other public property.
B. Motorized play vehicles are permitted on private residential property with the permission of the property owner. In the case of residential property commonly owned by a homeowner association, the homeowner association may regulate such usage.
C. No motorized play vehicle may be operated on any private commercial/industrial property unless the location where the vehicles are to be operated is inaccessible to normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic (such as an enclosed warehouse or fenced parking lot with a locked gate). Motorized play vehicles may be operated on private commercial/industrial property meeting these restrictions with the written permission of the owner, the person entitled to immediate possession of the property, or the authorized agent of either.
D. No person shall operate a motorized play vehicle on any private property in a manner causing excessive, unnecessary, or offensive noise which disturbs the peace and quiet of any neighborhood or which causes discomfort or annoyance to a reasonable person of normal sensitivity.
E. The parent, guardian, or legal custodian of any minor shall not authorize or knowingly permit such minor to violate any of the provisions of this section.
It is unlawful for any vendor or merchant to sell motorized play vehicles without making disclosures required by this section. Any merchant or vendor who sells motorized play vehicles within the town shall:
(1) Post in a prominent place at each location where motorized play vehicles are on display, a notice, on a sign not less than 96 square inches and visible to the public, stating that operation of motorized play vehicles:
(a) Are prohibited on any public street, public roadway, public sidewalk, public park, public parking lot, public trail, public shared multi-use path, public highway or any part of a highway, public bicycle path and all other public property in the town.
(b) Are allowed to be used on private residential property with owner's written permission.
(c) Are allowed to be used on private commercial/industrial property only in areas inaccessible to normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic and only with the written permission of the owner/agent.
(2) Provide a copy of such notice to each purchaser of a motorized play vehicle, either before or in connection with the purchase of a motorized play vehicle. If the purchaser is a minor, the minor's parent or legal guardian must sign a receipt of said notice.
(3) Any motorized play vehicle owned by a governmental entity and which is operated in the performance of authorized duties or activities, is exempt from the provisions of this section.
(4) Temporary suspension of all or part of this section may be granted by the town manager for special events.
Each person using the recreation paths is liable for his own actions. Liability insurance coverage varies, and each person utilizing the recreational paths and public streets and those areas accessible by the public should verify their coverage. 11-9 Braselton Code of Ordinances
A. Any person who violates the terms of this section, except subsection 11-105.3.a, b, or d, shall be punished as provided in Section 1-109; except that any fine for a littering offense shall be doubled.
Any violation of subsections 11-105.3.b, c, or d, shall be charged against the operator of the motorized cart, and all fines and penalties shall be levied against the operator of the motorized cart as follows:
(1) For the first offense, a fine of not less than $250.00.
(2) For the second offense, a fine of not less than $500.00.
(3) For a third offense committed within one year of conviction for a second offense for a motorized cart, a fine of $1,000.00, and the owner or family member cannot thereafter use a motorized cart in the town for a period of two years following the third conviction.
C. Any violation by an operator of a LSMV shall be charged against the operator according to the provisions of Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia and this Code. Any violation by an owner of a LSMV shall be charged against the owner according to the provisions of Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia and this Code.