Built Environment

Broken or raised footpaths, a lack of public seating, inefficient pedestrian crossings, and a need for designated space are key issues for older Australians. Damaged concrete paths need to be maintained to mitigate trip hazards, while traffic signals need to allow sufficient time for older pedestrians to cross. Provision of adequate seating in the public realm is important for all ages. For older people in particular, seating provides necessary rest stops; some areas appeared to be better equipped than others.

I used to growl about the footpaths, because we have got… Poncianas and their roots were lifting the [concrete]. The first day of this [research], they started to fix the footpath.” (Participant 12, male, 80 years)

"Actually, the ones down here, they had them on a slope.  I got onto council.  You sit on it and you fall that way because if I do walk up that way, I stop and sit there." (Participant 3, female, 63 years)

"There's lights on the corner with [a] pedestrian crossing.  I tried to get across as fast as I can and I can't get across in one change of the lights."  (Participant 12, male, 80 years) 

“There are seats where you can take a rest for a while if you so wish and there are shaded areas.  I think we are very fortunate to be living in this particular environment.” (Participant 11, female, 79 years)

“The big walkability problem is that ...it's shared with pushbikes, shared with joggers - very rude people.  They are very rude people.  It has got no shade.  It's got no seating for older people… people who want to stroll. It's for, you know, the 15 to 50 age group but they forget about… beyond that.” (Participant 12, male, 80 years)









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