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Golf carts used to get around downtown Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Getting around downtown has many options from horse and carriage to now golf carts.

"We were trying to figure out how to bridge the gap between different sections of downtown," said Kirsten Hinsley, owner of Camel City Caravans. "I'm still not sure it's real; it's happening and its going -- we are just so busy."

Hinsley and her husband Ried came up with the idea and approached city leaders last year which passed an ordnance allowing golf carts on downtown streets as a taxi service. The carts can't be on the streets during rush hours and must follow all state vehicle laws.

Since starting at the first of March, business has taken off at night and during the lunch hour.

The taxi service is free, with drivers working on tips. The Hinsleys making money on advertisements placed on the side of the carts.

"A lot of people say, ‘Are you sure the ride is free?’" said Hinsley. "Yes, it's free."

The service is popular with families and women who don't want to walk alone to their car. The popularity has the couple adding another cart in the next few weeks.

For more information, contact (336) 891-CART or visit them on Facebook at Camel City Caravans.