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Program to educate seniors about public transportation

By From page A7 | April 24, 2013


What: Travel Training program event

When: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 27

Where: Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.

When seniors or those with disabilities are forced to hang up the car keys for good, the ability to get from Point A to Point B — especially alone — begins to wane.

To help folks hurdle this all-too-common obstacle, a group of local transportation leaders have devised a program to educate or remind seniors, or anyone who has a difficult time getting around, about their transportation options.

From the basics of riding the bus to using paratransit services to even hopping on a bike, Brian Abbanat, the city’s transportation planner, and company want to get the word out that it’s still possible to get around without a car.

“We recognize that there’s this demographic shift of baby boomers who are going to be aging and the general desire for most people is to age in place,” Abbanat said.

“To be able to age in place and fully participate in life and all of life’s activities and take advantage of all the amenities … you need to be able to get around without using a vehicle.”

The “Travel Training” program officially kicks off on Saturday, April 27, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St., with the first of what will be an ongoing biannual event to teach seniors and people with disabilities about the various ways to commute in, out and around town.

The event — which will be sponsored by city transportation staff, Davis Community Transit, the Davis Senior Center, YCTD/Yolobus and Unitrans — will start at 9 a.m. and will last about three hours.

During the event, participants will be divided into three groups to learn about the type of transportation they’re most interested in and will listen to 30-minute presentations about that specific subject.

“Bus Beginnings” will educate those about how to get on and off the bus, how to read and use transit maps and the health benefits of walking and its relationship to transit.

“Back on the Bike” will teach participants about how to commute around town on two wheels, with discussions about bicycling basics and also walking and its health benefits.

“Paratransit Provides” will focus on the similarities and differences between “fixed route” bus systems and how to choose between a fixed route and paratransit.

After the 30-minute presentations, the groups will be taken for field excursions to physically practice what they just learned.

— Reach Tom Sakash at [email protected] or 530-747-8057. Follow him on Twitter at @TomSakash

Enterprise staff

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