WALKING SPEEDS AND WALKING HABITS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE

The walking speed of pedestrians is an important factor in determining the time-setting of traffic signals. In the presented study a critical review has been made of the available literature on pedestrian speeds. It is concluded that some published results can be used for relative estimations, e.g. as indicators of factors which in some way influence the walking speeds of people, but that no available results can be applied to the whole pedestrian population with a reasonable degree of confidence. Since most standards and also the greatest part of the literature only seemed to cover young, healthy and fast people, a study was made of slow pedestrians; here defined as 70 years or older. A representative sample of these were interviewed about their walking habits and their walking speeds were measured under three conditions. The results of the interviews indicate that these old pedestrians are rather active with an average walk of 30 - 35 minutes a day. Their confidence in pedestrian traffic signals seems rather high although most signals are set at higher speeds than many of these old pedestrians can manage.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From the Proceedings of the International Conference on Transport for the Elderly and the Handicapped, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board, Transport and Road Research Laboratory, England, and the Ministere d'Equipment (Transports) France.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Loughborough University

    Transport Studies Group
    Department of Civil and Building Engineering
    Loughborough, Leicestershire  United Kingdom  LE11 3TU
  • Authors:
    • DAHLSTEDT, S
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 243-249
  • Monograph Title: MOBILITY FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE HANDICAPPED. PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORT FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED AT CAMBRIDGE, APRIL 4-7 1978

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184921
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM