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Transportation Options for Older Adults






There are many ways to travel short distances that also save money and have health benefits. Try walking, cycling, carpooling, and car sharing.

Driving your own car or taking public transit are popular transportation options and there are even more ways to get around.

  • Walking and Cycling
    If you live close to services and amenities, try walking or biking to get there. Both are cheap or free, excellent exercise and a green way to get around. Don’t forget to make yourself visible by wearing bright colours and always wear a helmet when you ride.
  • Carpooling
    You can carpool whether or not you own or drive a car. If you travel the same route as a neighbour or co-worker, consider carpooling or ride-sharing. Traveling together in a single vehicle can save you both money and it’s better for the environment.
  • Car Sharing
    If you only use your vehicle for a few hours each week or month, car sharing may be a good option. As a car share member, you generally pay a basic monthly fee and an hourly usage fee, with no gas, insurance, or repair costs to worry about. The process is simple, when you need a vehicle, reserve one over the phone or online and pick it up at your set time. When you’re done, park or return the vehicle to its home location.

Fast Fact: It’s estimated that every car shared in a car share network takes six-20 cars off the road.

  • Volunteer Driver Programs
    Many seniors’ and community centres offer volunteer driver programs to help seniors get around. For-profit driving services also exist in many communities.
  • Options in the North and Interior
    Both northern and interior regions provide services to assist patients needing to travel far to the hospital or medical appointment.

Did You Know?
Seniors Transportation Access and Resources (STARS) supports alternative, age-friendly transportation systems aimed at helping seniors stay active, independent, and engaged in their communities.

Last Updated: October 2, 2015