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Creating a Convivial Public Realm for an Ageing Population. Being a Pedestrian and the Built Environment / Charles, Musselwhite

Transport, Travel and Later Life, Volume: 10, Pages: 129 - 137

Swansea University Author: Charles, Musselwhite

DOI (Published version): 10.1108/S2044-994120170000010005

Abstract

Active travel, such as walking and cycling, has direct physical health benefits for older people. However, there are many barriers to walking and cycling including issues with the maintenance of pavements, sharing the path with other users, lack of public seating and benches, proximity of speeding t...

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Published in: Transport, Travel and Later Life
Published: 2017
Online Access: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/S2044-994120170000010005
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa36842
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Abstract: Active travel, such as walking and cycling, has direct physical health benefits for older people. However, there are many barriers to walking and cycling including issues with the maintenance of pavements, sharing the path with other users, lack of public seating and benches, proximity of speeding traffic and narrow pavements. To create better public spaces, it is important to consider safety and accessibility of the public realm but also elements such as character, legibility, adaptability and diversity. The aesthetics of space cannot be overlooked too, in order to attract older people to use the public realm. Issues such as shared space pose different challenges for older people, though research would suggest if traffic volumes are low then sharing space with other users improves for older people.
Keywords: Pedestrian, public realm, accessibility, built environment, aesthetics, walking
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Start Page: 129
End Page: 137