8) Exactly right, it was recently stated on dateline that texas has the highest percentage of elderly traffic accidents. 43% of all accidents in texas are due to the elderely. That is a huge percentage,and should raise eyebrows, but it doesn't. I think because ppl view elderly as slow cautious driver, or when they think elderly they think of their sweet loving grandmother. Because we all know growing up when we wanted something our grandparents would give us everything, even if our parents disagreed. So the thought of elderly ppl being so destructive doesn't cross our mind, thus there is no need to enact special services to safely commute the elderly around town.
I agree w/ you tho bell, those are very simple ideas that can easily alleviate not only the amt of traffic, but increase public safety. currently in SM we have a "carts around town", a transit system that operates on cheap fares, and i see quite a few elderly taking advantage of that. Of course like you said.. losing the ability to drive is losing their indepenedance....