The Age Friendly Committee and concerned citizens of Golden and the surrounding area have come together to speak up about transportation options and the importance of medical transportation in the area.
Letters have been sent to MLA Doug Clovechok and Town of Golden Mayor Ron Oszust requesting action to solve the transportation issues Golden and Area A face.
In terms of medical transportation, they have requested reasonably priced and more frequent transportation for those travelling outside Golden for medical and other appointments. In addition, they have asked for a consultation with Interior Health to coordinate appointments in Cranbrook better with a medical bus schedule, and have asked for more access to local health care practitioners, and increased and simpler access to health care in Alberta, since Golden is closer to Calgary than it is to similarly-sized health centres in B.C.
“Many of our clients have no transportation, either within town or outside of town, whether that be for medical appointments, trips to the food bank, grocery shopping, or just getting a change of scenery. When they have to pay a taxi for grocery trips, that cuts into their food budget for that week or month,” said Leta Waugh, Stopping the Violence outreach worker at the Golden Women’s Resource Centre.
The group wants an increase in transportation options, asking for free transportation or vouchers for those with limited incomes and abilities for travelling within Golden, reasonably priced and more frequent transportation for those travelling outside of Golden, and an additional consultation with Interior Health.