Mobility is an assessment criterion for wellness.
Usually it refers to the ability to move ones body through space independently without aid. A person without this ability is labeled ‘disabled’ and may qualify for public assistance such as public transportation.
Was I disabled? Should my inability to climb a steep hill qualify me for special public transportation? According to research in the USA my age – over 60 – was the only criteria that might provide me with public transport without a medical diagnosis.
Yes, there are other community services that could provide mobility. These services require planning ahead, patience and a small fee in most cases. Their use precluded spontaneous mobility and for me a depressing feeling of confinement.
Awareness of Public Transportation and its role in community mobility continues to be an evolving environmental component. It need not be an either/or situation but a hybrid of both public/private transports – Park and ride centers to mass transit are one example.
I have decided private transport is a critical ingredient for my current well-being and have decided to purchase a car. Log in to my next blog to learn more about car purchasing – a shell game.