During our community feedback sessions, many older adults expressed concern about how they would get around when they were no longer able to drive. Some reported that public transit was not within walking distance of their home, and others cited affordability as an issue. Many older adults reported using volunteer driver and rideshare services. Older adults who were able to walk or use transit expressed the need for streets that are safe for users of all ages, with benches for resting, safe crossings and sidewalks wide enough for wheelchairs.
A livable community with safe, affordable, accessible, and reliable transportation for non-drivers that ensures older adults stay connected to their communities, the services they need, and the people they care about.
1. Implement the Complete Streets policy and design approach, which emphasizes safe accommodation of all users of the road, including pedestrians, bicycles and transit riders.
2. Institute regional planning policies to promote smart growth, including a focus on public and alternative types of transportation.
3. Set transportation mode-split goals (the proportion of the public’s trips taken by different types of transportation, such as by care, public transit, bicycle or on foot) and allocate funding to projects that align with these goals.
Ride Well to Age Well Guide
During our community feedback sessions, many older adults expressed concern about how they would get around when they were no longer able to drive. The Age Well team created the Ride Well to Age Well Guide as a way to catalog transportation options throughout San Diego County. The guide explains how to download and use mobile applications such as Lyft, and provides a glossary of common transportation terms.
Transportation options included in the guide:
Complete Streets and Smart Growth:
A complete street is designed to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.
Smart growth is a development approach that emphasizes developing within existing neighborhoods that are well-connected to transportation, and including a mix of building and housing types. The Housing team is working to promote smart growth, which can benefit older adults by reducing social isolation and making it easier to access shops, community centers and healthcare.
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Age Well San Diego is a component of the Aging Roadmap, the County of San Diego's comprehensive approach to aging services. Learn more about the Aging Roadmap.