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Most older pedestrians are unable to cross the road in time

14 June 2012

The ability to cross a road in time is one that most of us take for granted. A new study published in the journal Age and Ageing, entitled ‘Most Older Pedestrians are unable to cross the road in time: a cross-sectional study’, has compared the walking speed of the older population in the UK (aged 65 and over) with the speed required to use a pedestrian crossing. Currently, to use a pedestrian crossing a person must cross at a speed above 1.2 meters per second.

The research led by Dr Laura Asher of the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health at UCL (University College London), found that the mean walking speed of participants in the Health Survey for England was 0.9 meters per second for older men and 0.8 meters per second for older women. This is much below the speed required to use a pedestrian crossing in the UK and many other parts of the world.

Read the paper: Most Older Pedestrians are unable to cross the road in time: a cross-sectional study

Read the full press release.


In the media:

BBC - Green man 'too fast for slow elderly'

Telegraph - Traffic light crossings 'too quick for pensioners'