Designing for Older Road Users

Nov 20, 2014


This session focused on how streets and highways can be designed to better meet the needs of older road users. Becky Crowe (FHWA) discussed programs and projects underway at FHWA to advance the safety of Older Road Users. This included discussion of the Older Driver and Pedestrian Special Rule, Handbook for Designing Roadways for the Aging Population, Older Driver and Pedestrian Design Workshop, the North American Conference on Elderly Mobility Noteworthy Practices Guide, and Road Diets.

Gene Amparano (FHWA) provided attendees with an in-depth look at the updated Handbook for Designing Roadways for the Aging Population. His presentation focused on the various sections of the guide and how the material can be used to improve safety for all road users.

Jesse Mintz-Roth (New York City DOT) focused on New York City's Safe Streets for Seniors program, a pedestrian safety initiative for older New Yorkers. The program studies crash data and develops and implements mitigation measures to improve the safety of seniors and other pedestrians, as well as all road users in New York City. This case study discussed projects built since the program began in 2008.



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