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Getting around when you've given up the car keys

Original post made on Jul 8, 2013

When senior citizens make the tough decision to give up driving, volunteer-run transportation services step in -- providing an alternative to taxis, public buses, Palo Alto's free shuttle, private medical-transport companies and the federally funded OUTREACH vans for seniors and low-income residents.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 5, 2013, 1:55 PM

Comments (8)

Posted by Wayne Martin, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 8, 2013 at 8:12 am

There is an article in this morning's NYT (07.08) about the future of cities when driverless cars become a reality--unless Washington kills the idea.

Most observers think that it's a good 8-10 years off before we see driverless cars sold by the major car manufacturers, but that doesn't mean that local service providers might not be able to experiment with them--offering those who are no longer able to drive legally rides via driverless vehicles.

Radio communications, and in-vehicle voice control would allow the riders to talk to the car directly, and to "home base", if necessary for unexpected situations.

Over time, we would have to expect that taxi services would be offering driverless vehicles also.


Posted by Pearl, a resident of another community
on Jul 9, 2013 at 11:57 am

You can order groceries online from Walmart. They will deliver to you for as little as $3.00.


Posted by senor blogger, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 9, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Are Golf Carts legal to drive on Palo Alto Streets that are not State highways?


Posted by homeless , a resident of another community
on Jul 9, 2013 at 4:57 pm

how about us homeless seniors? vehicle dwellers? and all the pot holes , cracks, and uneven sidewalks and untrimmed landscaping overlapping the sidewalks? Who will help us when we encounter one of this unexpected hazards? The answer is: no one! Who is responsible for cracks on side walk, dents and cracks on crutches or wheel chair passengers . Homeless seniors don't have health insurance, not even phones to call for food delivery or transportation requests. What do we do? We pick up ourselves and keep moving on. No charities required.


Posted by bill, a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 9, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Is the charge quoted for one way or round trip?


Posted by YIMBY, a resident of University South
on Jul 13, 2013 at 9:09 am

YIMBY is a registered user.

Thanks, Ms.Kenrick - what an incredibly uplifting article for those entering our golden years!
Comments and questions already made were excellent, but they missed a critical point - this story is not just about transportation, it's about a social service that engages the individual with others - helping break social isolation - I'm referring to the volunteer drivers from Avenidas - way to go! This is a 'bright-side' (of life) artice.


Posted by Donna, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 17, 2013 at 8:20 pm

I called Avenidas about rides for seniors...they only mentioned $10.each way, rides! not very helpful...try to find out more! And Redi-wheels [$3.75 each way] won't cross border between San Mateo County and Santa Clara County! Nor does the transit bus!


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2013 at 5:10 am

Time to improve and expand the shuttle all around Palo Alto, charge a small fare and enable seniors and school traffic (students) to use it.


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