Fact sheet the elderly and infrastructureSWOV , SWOV
General survey of traffic safety of the elderly, with limited attention to their position as cyclists.
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The elderly run an increased risk of being killed in traffic. The most important cause for the high death risk of people over 75 is their greater physical vulnerability. Functional disorders, too, may affect the road safety of elderly traffic participants and cause the elderly to be involved more often in accidents. Compared to younger cyclists the elderly are more often victims of accidents on sign-regulated intersections (without traffic lights). This means that the measures mentioned above for the lay-out of intersections will also positively affect the safety of elderly cyclists. When the elderly are interviewed about the types of measures they feel to be necessary for their safety as cyclists, they prove to be highly positive in general about the use of bike paths. On these paths they cycle without stress and more relaxed than on the road. The improvements in traffic policies they request therefore mainly relate to the construction of more bike paths and their widening. Other infrastructural measures that may increase the safety of elderly cyclists are those aimed at separating cyclists and motorists and creating safe stopping places where cyclists can stop and easily survey the entire intersection.
Ingrid van Loon, Karin Broer , Fietsersbond
Study among elderly people - and in practice among many cycling elderly people. Cycling to all kinds of destinations; certainly not simply for recreational purposes only. Main worries: bad maintenance and busy intersections.