Lister senior gets around Creston Valley without driver’s licence

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To the Editor:

“Watch out when you pass Old Lady Johnson’s place,” I feared would be a warning in my community.

On Valentine’s Day 2012, I narrowly avoided a collision with my neighbour as I pulled out of my driveway. I decided to quit driving. I wondered how I would manage to continue my activities. I was working at Gleaners twice a week, entertaining with a group once a week and taking line dancing lessons, as well as shopping and keeping appointments.

Someone suggested the bus. I got a Creston Valley Transit System riders’ guide and phoned for service. I was pleased to find that I could make a reservation by requesting service 24 hours in advance. I could schedule rides for my workdays. I walked between areas I needed to do business or line dance, and designated a pickup point for my return home.

I did a lot of crossword puzzles and a lot of walking until I clued in to the fact that I could work out a better schedule for my needs by making arrangements with the driver of the HandyDart. I hardly ever need friends or relatives to go out of their way to assist me in my travel.

I have sold my best-loved vehicle and pay a mere $1.50 each time I enter the bus. For further convenience, I found that I could buy tickets at Pharmasave. I’ve also met many new friends and learned a lot about our community.

Recently, I was asked to take a medical test in order to retain my licence. I haven’t used it in over a year, so why go through all the effort that seems to be aimed at seniors? It’s easier to ride the HandyDart.

I still appreciate the help from neighbours, friends and family. I am amazed at the care and courtesy shown by Richard, the driver of the HandyDart, and Susan, driver of the Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors bus, which I use once a week.

I just turned 92, happy to be living on my acreage where I can come and go as I like — without a driver’s licence!

Thelma Johnson



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