After decades of suburban growth that created mostly neighborhoods where driving is the main (or only) form of transportation, the trend is shifting.
Along with Millennials who aren’t buying cars or even driving, more and more seniors want walkable communities to help them maintain their independence when it’s no longer safe for them to drive.
Marketplace.org recently published a list of 5 easy ways to make any city more walkable. The list includes:
- Maintaining sidewalks so that they are safe
- Providing outdoor seating for seniors to rest
- Adequate time to cross the street at crosswalks
- Well-lit walkways
- Marked bike paths
Small changes can go a long way to making a community more senior-friendly.
To read the full article, click here.
For a more complete list, check out the World Health Organization’s “Checklist of Essential Features of Age-friendly Cities.”