mobility and Access priority group
The goal of the Mobility and Access Priority Group is to work toward ensuring all older residents in Larimer County have access to key services and quality of life opportunities.
To live independently, seniors have to keep a mobile lifestyle. In many communities, this means older people must own and drive a car or face isolation and dependence on others. This reliance on the automobile, homes located many miles from services like grocery stores and entertainment, and gaps in public transportation systems are major hurdles to the aging individual who wishes to age in their own communities.
Compounding the problem are road design and signage that are not user friendly and that can be confusing to most drivers, regardless of age.
But with few other options, such as easily accessible, convenient and affordable community-wide public transportation, it's little wonder that many seniors are extremely reluctant to give up their car keys, even when driving has become challenging or unsafe.
Increasing numbers of seniors will lack the mobility they need unless communities, business, government and public sectors work together to develop innovative solutions for efficient, convenient, and varied forms of transportation.