Making Streets Safer for Seniors

<p>Senior citizens account for a disproportional amount of pedestrian fatalities and injuries in New York City. As a result, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has made plans to focus on improving mobility and safety for the city's over-60 population.</p>
February 7, 2008, 6am PST | Nate Berg
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"Late last month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a series of transportation improvements aimed at older New Yorkers. Bloomberg's plan, dubbed 'Safe Streets for Seniors,' promises traffic engineering improvements at 25 high-accident areas that are especially problematic for aging residents."

"For many older people, New York City streets are hostile turf. According to research by Transportation Alternatives, residents age 60 or over make up only 13 percent of the population, but account for more than 33 percent of all pedestrian injuries and fatalities."

"Although pedestrian fatalities declined sharply in 2007, one third of the 138 pedestrians killed by cars on New York City streets were seniors. And as the elderly population grows -- the Department of City Planning predicts a 44 percent increase in residents age 65 and older by 2030 -- the need for infrastructure designed with older New Yorkers in mind becomes more pressing."

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Published on Friday, February 1, 2008 in The Gotham Gazette
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