"Let's go for a walk!": identification and prioritisation of accessibility and safety measures involving elderly people in a residential area

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T1 - "Let's go for a walk!": identification and prioritisation of accessibility and safety measures involving elderly people in a residential area

AU - Ståhl, Agneta

AU - Carlsson, Gunilla

AU - Hovbrandt, Pia

AU - Iwarsson, Susanne

N1 - The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Transport and Roads (011034010), Division of Occupational Therapy (Closed 2012) (013025000)

PY - 2008

Y1 - 2008

N2 - By emphasising the involvement of elderly people in a project applying a mixed-method approach, the overriding objective of this study was to identify and prioritise concrete measures aimed at increasing accessibility and safety in the outdoor pedestrian environment within a residential area of a Swedish town. Measures generally given priority were: the separation of pedestrians/cyclists, lower speed limits, better maintenance and specific measures in pedestrian walkways such as wider sidewalks, curb levels and form and more even surfaces on pavements. Definition of these priorities offered knowledge to the highway department concerning the importance of small details in relation to the larger infrastructure. The elderly people in the study district found new ways to communicate with and influence those within the community who are responsible for these matters.

AB - By emphasising the involvement of elderly people in a project applying a mixed-method approach, the overriding objective of this study was to identify and prioritise concrete measures aimed at increasing accessibility and safety in the outdoor pedestrian environment within a residential area of a Swedish town. Measures generally given priority were: the separation of pedestrians/cyclists, lower speed limits, better maintenance and specific measures in pedestrian walkways such as wider sidewalks, curb levels and form and more even surfaces on pavements. Definition of these priorities offered knowledge to the highway department concerning the importance of small details in relation to the larger infrastructure. The elderly people in the study district found new ways to communicate with and influence those within the community who are responsible for these matters.

KW - urban planning

KW - outdoor environment

KW - pedestrians

KW - participation

KW - community

KW - mobility

U2 - 10.1007/s10433-008-0091-7

DO - 10.1007/s10433-008-0091-7

M3 - Article

VL - 5

SP - 265

EP - 273

JO - European Journal of Ageing

JF - European Journal of Ageing

SN - 1613-9380

IS - 3

ER -