Designing Elder-centered Transport

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Discussion Summary

The Virual1 Longevity Explorers group engaged in a lively and far ranging discussion about transportation for elders. It covered transportation by private auto, public transportation, and private services. It also reviewed communities that might have less need for transportation.

The discussion on elder transportation examined the following key topics:

What would make the personal automobile better?  A long list of items of both safety, which are already available in some current models, and a list of personal preferences and conveniences were reviewed.

The major shift in daily life when you no longer drive yourself. It changes your identity and independence. This is traumatic for some, but also, can be planned for by others.

The expectation that public transportation complies with ADA standards. There was the acknowedgment that public transportation often did not meet needs and that the implementation of standards can be spotty. The was recognition that improvements in public transportation that benefit all riders, not just older adults, can be built into the system. An example of this proactive planning is the automated announcement of stops on bus or train routes.

The use of private, shared,  transportation, such as Uber or Lyft, even when available, might not meet everyone’s needs. There is concern regarding cost, however, it was also pointed out that using private service might not be more expensive than owning a car.

A conversation about livable communities in which independence is not dependent on transportation. If one chooses to live in a community where many things are walkable, there is less need for any transportation and public transportation is easier to provide and use.

 

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