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Colorado Transportation Survey – 2007

Overview

AARP Colorado members are highly reliant on the automobile to get them to where they need to go. Over 90 percent of members are licensed drivers and many report that when they need to get someplace they generally drive. AARP conducted a survey to assess the transportation needs of Colorado’s aging senior population and examine transportation issues and options that will affect quality of life. Reports were produced to analyze the research findings of the statewide survey, as well as individual city survey results for Denver, Fort Collins, Pueblo, and Grand Junction.

Key Points

The purpose of the statewide transportation survey was to evaluate the transportation needs of Colorado’s older adult population, and was conducted on a total of 3,361 AARP Colorado members. As Colorado’s population ages, substantial attention must be given to transportation policies that ensure older adults have access to flexible and safe mobility options, allowing them to obtain the services they need. Like most states and local communities, older adults are aware of transportation options other than driving, but few take advantage of them.

Report highlights by city include:

  1. Ninety-one percent of Denver respondents reported that public transportation is available in their community. However, less than seven percent utilize public transportation options on a weekly basis.
  2. The vast majority (90 percent) of members in Fort Collins are aware of public transportation but only one percent uses it on a weekly basis.
  3. In Grand Junction, more than half of respondents agreed that if they were unable to drive, it would be difficult for them to remain living in their current neighborhood.
  4. More than 60 percent of Pueblo members stated they would be at least somewhat likely to move to a new neighborhood with better public transportation options if they were unable to drive.

How to Use

These reports provide high-level discussions of the survey results on transportation challenges and community livability for AARP Colorado members. The issue remains one of preference. Older adults across the state are aware of options beyond driving their own car, but few ever take advantage of those options.

Planners and local government officials can use these reports to better understand the mobility and transportation challenges facing the senior population. Understanding the barriers to driving that seniors will face as they age will allow planners and local officials to implement appropriate policies and strategies to accommodate their changing transportation needs. Additionally, they will be better suited to aid older adults in accessing transportation services that will allow for a higher quality of life and the ability to age in place.

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