Transportation Alternatives to Driving

Senior Couple Enjoying Journey On Bus

As we age, it’s normal for our driving abilities to change. The loss of a driver’s license or a decision to stop driving can be a significant emotional event, and it can happen either voluntarily or for some people, involuntarily. However, giving up driving doesn’t have to mean giving up independence. Whether you want to cut back on driving, or stop all together, there are plenty of transportation alternatives.

Are you going out with friends to lunch? Do your neighbours go to the grocery store every Sunday? Going to visit a family member? Consider carpooling. Carpooling is great for saving costs on fuel and you can use the HOV lane!

Transit System
Getting around on transit for those used to driving may seem daunting, but Translink has many accessible routes that are often even easier than driving. Transit can be very cost efficient as well as save the hassle of finding and paying for parking. In addition, using the skytrain can help you bypass rush hour traffic on the streets.

Want to plan your trip?

Try Google maps to figure out where your destination is:,-123.1100606,13z

Then use the Translink website to figure out the best transportation route to get there:

HandyDart is run by Translink and caters to those with mobility and cognitive issues. Handy Dart will pick you up directly at home and drop you off at your destination. You can schedule regular Handy Dart pickups, as well as one time trips.

To sign up, you can visit their website:
HandyDART users may be able to also receive taxi saver coupons to save 50% off of taxi trips. More information can be found on the Translink website.

Better At Home
The Better at Home Program is financed by the BC government and administered by United Way. The program helps seniors stay at home longer. Local non-profit organizations provide a number of services, including transportation. For more information, you can contact a regional program provider who will assess your needs:


Sometimes it really is easier to walk than drive. If your destination is close and you are able, walking is a great way to get around and get exercise as well.

Whether you want to help out the environment, get a bit of exercise in, or save yourself some of the hassle of it all, there are lots of alternatives to driving. If you’re so inclined, try it out! One of these alternatives may be a great fit for you.