Active Life: Transportation plans

Active Life With Bob Larson

PEORIA, Ill. — When you’re retired and in need of a ride, who do you call?

According to studies done by AARP, more than 65% of people 65 and older live in the suburbs, where access to public transportation is limited to taking a cab. So as you get older, you need to have some sort of transportation plan.

Because you never know how you’ll be able to get around. One option is the ride sharing site Uber. It’s growing in popularity and can be a life saver if you need to get somewhere.

Also, if you have friends that drive, you can coordinate with them to share rides. So if you need to get to the store, you can set up a standing date so that you both go on the same day of the week, every week.

If public transportation is an option, make sure are aware of the routes and the hours of service. So if you use it, you aren’t stranded because you missed your bus or train and the service has stopped running.

The key thing to take away is that you need to start planning now for how you’re going to get around when you do finally get to a point when you can’t drive.

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