Rob Nordrum

Planning Student | Animal Lover | Kayaker | City Watcher | Vancouverite

MB: Mobility, Urbanism and Human Rights

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MB provided this moving comment to “Seniors …”        It deserves foreground treatment: 


My mother lost her independence in 2003 and has required top-of-the-line care ever since. One day her church bought her an electric wheelchair (I suppose there should be a payback after 30+ years of paying tithes) and it was quite liberating over the next decade.

The most serious limitations to her mobility remain the deeply suburban location of her care facility in Calgary, a city that must still undergo light years of evolution despite relatively successful ridership rates on its C-Train network. Its HandiBus service is inconvenient at best, excruciating at worst, and she has stopped using it due to its inadequacies dealing with long milk runs through excessively sprawling subdivisions. Snow on the sidewalks and streets is a transportation killer to octogenarians – with or without electric wheelchairs — and perhaps…

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