Peachtree City, Georgia. Founded by Georgia Tech alumnus Joel Cowen in 1959, this community just south of Atlanta has been my home for 23 years. There’s lots to love about this city, but if you’ve heard of it before, I’m guessing it’s because of two words:
Golf carts.
Peachtree City’s claim to fame is its network of over 100 miles of paved paths for runners, bikers, and yes, lots of golf carts. With a population of 35,000 and around 11,000 registered golf carts, that’s one cart for every 3.2 residents! Virtually every household uses these paths to get to shopping centers, public events, and even school.
As I’m sure you can imagine, with such a vast network of paths - most of which are unlabeled and unmarked - it’s pretty easy to get turned around. But unfortunately, our solution for that is…. a paper map of the cart paths. My family has had one for as long as I can remember, but the ones at the city hall today aren’t much newer.
We ditched physical maps when driving in our cars over a decade ago - why are the cart paths stuck in the past?
Enter PeachPath, a modern navigation app providing turn-by-turn directions and user-submitted information about the network of paths in Peachtree City.
PeachPath uses GPS and the city’s existing cellular network to bring the value of road navigation apps like Waze to the cart. Turn-by-turn directions mean never missing a turn. No more relying on your memory or “that one tree with a bent branch” to know where to go!
With many twists and turns, it’s hard to know which way is the best. No longer with PeachPath’s route comparison feature! Now, you’ll always pick the fastest path.
Hungry, but don’t want to get into Chick-Fil-A traffic for the third night in a row? Try searching for restaurants in the app, and get directions in one tap along with user-submitted reviews and recommendations.
Speaking of user-submitted, PeachPath lets you share updates with the community, whether that’s a blocked path, traffic after a football game, a repaving in process, or even a particularly nasty pothole.
Joel Cowen’s vision in 1959 was to create a modern city, and the first thing he did for that vision was break ground on these paths. This modern city deserves a modern tool to make the best use of this network, and with PeachPath, we’ve brought his vision into the 21st century.
PeachPath. Explore Peachtree City with pride.
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