ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOUR OF ELDERLY PEDESTRIANS IN CITIES. A CONTRIBUTION TO ACCIDENT RESEARCH

EINSTELLUNGEN UND VERHALTENSWEISEN AELTERER FUSSGAENGER IN DER GROSSSTADT. EIN BEITRAG ZUR UNFALLFORSCHUNG

Observations on the behaviour of elderly pedestrians in traffic show the difficulties which occur when crossing the road. Most of the observations on bahaviour apply also to younger age groups, however the older groups had greater difficulties in extricating themselves from dangerous situations. Older people (from 74 years) were conspicuous for their apparently reduced sense of orientation, communication and decision. By questioning them it was shown that the majority had a predominant feeling of being able to cope with traffic situations. In contrast, old people showed a certain fear which was always pushed back during questioning. In group meetings they were prepared to admit experiences of anxiety on account of personal physical shortcomings (e.g. difficulties in walking). In a test project, fears and frights were also apparent. An analysis of behaviour which led to accidents of elderly pedestrians has brought out certain strong points. In fatal accidents there were mainly certain types and a distinct accumulation of processes of orientation, communication as well as behaviour, which led to fatal assessments and decisions by the pedestrians as well as the drivers of the vehicles involved. Finally, there are conclusions for accident prevention for older pedestrians. /TRRL/

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    • Monographic Series of Schriftenreihe des Bundesministers fuer Jugend, Famille und Gesundheit, No. 43.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Kohlhammer (W) Verlag GmbH

    Urbanstrasse 12-16, Postfach 747
    Stuttgart,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Thomae, H
    • Knorr, D
    • Mathey, F J
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • German

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  • Accession Number: 00194115
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • ISBN: 3-17-004109-6
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM