For Immediate Release
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5 facts about older drivers
If these facts resonate with you, ITN
America wants to hear and share your stories!
PORTLAND, Maine – May 2015 – In honor of National Older Americans Month, ITNAmerica would like to share with you five important facts about older drivers:
1. By 2030, 1 out of every 5 Americans – more than 70 million people – will be 65 or older while many age-related changes that pose risks to safe driving begin even earlier.
2. Most Americans outlive their decision to stop driving by about a decade and continue to rely on rides with others in private automobiles for their transportation.
3. About 90% of trips for people over 65 are taken in the private automobile, as drivers or passengers, while 8% of trips are walking and only 2% are using public transit.
4. Transportation is the second-highest household expense after housing – comprising more than 20% of household expenditures.
5. At the last White House Conference on Aging (in 2005), delegates voted transportation options as the third-highest national policy priority, ahead of Medicare and Social Security.
Do any of these ring true to you? We want to hear and share your story!
Why? Because the Independent Transportation Network celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first ride by the only national transportation network for seniors, the Independent Transportation Network, this summer. In honor of this milestone, ITNAmerica Founder and President Katherine Freund is taking a 60-day cross-country road trip to broadcast these stories and gather materials for a book she will write about the people she meets, their stories, and her journey. The tour starts June 16th in Portland, Maine and ends August 14th.
Aging and losing your ability to drive doesn’t need to mean losing your ability to live a free and independent life. ITNAmerica knows this first hand. Help us make it known to even more people.
ITNAmerica® is America’s only national, non-profit, community-based transportation service for older people and people with visual impairments, providing door-through-door and arm-through-arm service. ITN began as a single transportation service in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago and has since grown into a network of 27 affiliated communities in 21 states from coast to coast.
About the ITN Storybook Tour
ITN’s Freund is putting her mileage where her mouth is by buckling up for the ITN Storybook Tour this summer. The 60-day cross-country road trip kicks off June 16, the day ITN gave its very first ride. Why? Sixty-four-year-old Freund wants to rally the nation to recognize the importance of mobility for people who can no longer drive, and own the solution for the next 20 years.
The ITN Storybook Tour celebrates and punctuates the spirit of volunteerism, political action, passion and endurance that will be necessary to rally the nation in support of providing sustainable senior mobility solutions at a time when it has never been more needed.
About Katherine Freund
Katherine Freund is an award-winning national expert on transportation solutions for America’s aging baby boomers who are planning for their retirement or can no longer drive. She has been featured on C-Span and in the New York Times, Forbes and Consumer Reports. Her passion for transportation safety ignited 27 years ago, when her three-year-old son was run over by an 84-year-old driver.
About Rides in Sight
Rides in Sight is ITNAmerica‘s national database providing access to more than 15,000 transportation services through a web site (www.ridesinsight.org) and toll-free hotline (1-855-60-RIDES) for older and visually impaired people.