ALTERNATIVE POLICIES TO MEET THE TRAVEL NEEDS OF THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED

It is generally assumed that the daily travel needs of elderly and handicapped people are best met by improving the quality and extending the availability of motor transport for them, and by providing domiciliary services. This paper suggests that in practice such policies must not be allowed to override the basic requirement of maintaining local facilities which are accessible on foot and must be clearly seen to be complementing this requirement rather than substituting for it. It is argued that the adoption of policies based on motor transport combined with contemporary planning practices of increasing scale, creates conditions in which local facilities and services are allowed to decline. New areas of motor dependency are then engendered for a rising proportion of the population, including most elderly and handicapped people; they are then deprived of the choice of any alternative to motorised transport when previously they had been able to walk to most of the places they wanted to reach. Such a process could be counter-productive for many of these people as it would unnecessarily diminish their self reliance and ability to act independently. /Author/

  • 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:
    • Hillman, M
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 360-364
  • 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: 00184933
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM