When ideas are put forth concerning ways to improve the community, some familiar topics almost always emerge – more opportunities for children and youth, better parks and recreation, and so forth. But those topics beg another questions, and possibly another idea toward progress – how do they get there?
While those of us of driving age, with vehicles in good repair, take for granted the idea of being able to hop in the car or truck and go, that isn’t the case for everyone.
Rare is the day on our drive into work from the city’s eastern fringe, that we don’t see at least one person – often several – on foot, in all kinds of weather, from blistering summer days to wet, freezing winter ones.
Some people, of course, walk for exercise, or fresh air, or just to pass the time. But there are some for whom walking is the only option – people who cannot afford the cost of fueling and maintaining a vehicle, or elderly or disabled people who are no longer able to drive safely.
While some transportation options are available (taxi services and PACS buses, for example), a true, route-and-stop based system has yet to be pursued.
The cost, perhaps, would outweigh the benefit, or perhaps the number of people who could benefit from such a service is too now. But the concept is still worth considering, as anyone with no choice except to put one foot in front of the other will attest.