Pedestrian Mobility and Safety: A Key to Independence for Older People

This article considers how pedestrian routes can be improved to make walking easier and safer for everybody, particularly for older people. Strategies discussed include the provision of continuous pedestrian routes; resting places; signing pedestrian routes; road crossings that are better suited for older people; and reduction of traffic volume and speed, particularly in residential areas and town centers. The author addresses the importance of local services and facilities, established within walking distance of living areas. The author also presents data on the aspects of pedestrian routes that cause problems, particularly for older people, and on the safety of older pedestrians. The author compares the United States and Europe in terms of number of journeys made on foot, or by transit. The author concludes that easy and safe conditions for walking are a key element of liveable communities for people of all ages and of independence for older people.


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  • Accession Number: 01045315
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 2007 5:33PM