Why was 86-year-old driving?

Why do 86-year-olds drive?  Because most of their life in America has been tied to automobile dependency.

This mother's editorial in the Chicago Tribune reminds me of another reason to support funding for public transportation.  As the Baby Boomer generation ages, I fear we may see more preventable tragedies on our roadways.

I recall this story weighing heavily on my mind as I rode my first bike tour of last season -- just a few weeks after Faith and her two friends were killed by an elderly driver on a quiet rural road.  I think of how many peaceful miles I've biked on quiet rural roads, and how many more I plan to, and I realize how easily Faith's ending could be my own some day.  It isn't fair, nor even necessary.  America's love affair for the private automobile is an abusive relationship.