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Aging and the use of pedestrian facilities in winter-the need for improved design and better technology.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23188551     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Walking outdoors is often difficult or impossible for many seniors and people with disabilities during winter. We present a novel approach for conducting winter accessibility evaluations of commonly used pedestrian facilities, including sidewalks, street crossings, curb ramps (curb cuts and dropped curbs), outdoor stairs and ramps, building and transit entrances, bus stops, and driveways. A total of 183 individuals, aged 18-85 completed our survey. The results show that cold weather itself had little impact on the frequency of outdoor excursions among middle-aged and older adults while the presence of snow and/or ice on the ground noticeably kept people, especially older adults at home. The survey found that the key elements decreasing winter accessibility were icy sidewalks and puddles at street crossings and curb ramps. While communities have recognized the need to improve snow and ice removal, little attention has been paid to curb ramp design which is especially ineffective in winter when the bottom of the ramps pool with rain, snow, and ice, making it hazardous and inaccessible to nearly all users. We conclude that investigations of alternative designs of curb ramp are needed.
Authors:
Yue Li; Jennifer Anna Hsu; Geoff Fernie
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine     Volume:  90     ISSN:  1468-2869     ISO Abbreviation:  J Urban Health     Publication Date:  2013 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-08-05     Completed Date:  2014-04-03     Revised Date:  2014-08-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9809909     Medline TA:  J Urban Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  602-17     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Activities of Daily Living
Adolescent
Adult
Age Factors
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Architectural Accessibility / methods*,  standards
Data Collection
Environment Design* / standards
Female
Humans
Ice
Male
Middle Aged
Questionnaires
Rain
Seasons*
Snow
Walking / standards,  statistics & numerical data
Young Adult
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Ice
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