Aspen seniors need parking spaces
We are in desperate need of senior citizen parking. As our citizens age in this town, I believe that we have to make it easier for them to get into town to get their mail, their prescriptions and get their hair cut. Tourists and local youth can walk a block or take the bus but it is often too dangerous for our seniors to walk long distances to do their errands (especially when the sidewalks and roads are slippery) and getting from their homes to the bus stop can be a dangerous adventure.
I see many handicap spaces but few places for seniors to park. The El Jebel City Market has several handicap parking spaces (which I have rarely seen used) and two senior citizen parking spaces that are used all the time. I’m not sure if there is a designation on the vehicle that is provided by the DMV that shows proof that the driver is in fact a senior citizen in need of a parking space closer to the door, but I think that there should be.
My father is in his 80s and has always been one to park as far away from the front door as possible because he always felt that a little exercise never hurt anyone and that there were probably people who would have more trouble than he did getting to the store. But now that he is older – he is that person who could use a spot a little closer. I showed him how to use the parking meters in Aspen but he will spend a fortune on his credit card placing minimum parking receipts (when he can find a spot) and he doesn’t have a cell phone in order to call the 800-number.
I don’t see a lot of wheelchairs around town – but perhaps we should provide them to our seniors in need – at least that way they won’t fall down trying to make their way into town to get their hair cut, and they would be able to park at a reasonable distance from where they are going.
Cindy Madsen Buck
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