As a way to increase mobility options for seniors, families, visitors, etc. I would like to propose "low speed vehicle districts". Low speed vehicles is a federal designation for vehicles that have a maximum speed of 25 mhp, with a 2nd tier set of regulations for vehicles with a maximum speed of 20 mhp.
To summarize and slightly re-word this, the proposal is legalize golf carts on public roads with speed limits < 25 mph.
After getting this idea, I did some internet searches and found that there are a number of non-retirement, non-gated communities that are either doing this are working towards this. Probably my favorite example is from Indiana. One quote from a blog posting:
"A progressive Mayor and City Council added its support with the approval of a golf cart ordinance that provides new cost-saving mobility options for the nearly 100 residents who purchased licenses in the first few weeks."
http://agingindiana.wordpress.com/ (above quote is from this one)
Another blog posting on this is at:
Another Inspire Littleton posting was recommending low cost or free shuttles in the downtown area. In the past the city has declined this idea when I presented it to them because, as I recall, they said that it was not cost effective.
I think that this low speed vehicle idea could be implemented with minimal costs to the city.
As one potential scenario to promote the downtown and to increase parking options: Have a privately owned company set up a golf cart rental near ACC and the light rail. This would allow "tourists" to use light rail to come here and then rent a golf cart to get around to businesses (Aspen Grove, etc). The golf carts are smaller than cars, so more parking would be possible. Others could park at ACC on weekends/night.