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Importance of and satisfaction with different accessibility factors as perceived by older pedestrians

Wennberg, Hanna LU ; Ståhl, Agneta LU and Hydén, Christer LU (2007) 20th ICTCT Workshop In [Host publication title missing]
Abstract
Accessibility in public outdoor environments is an important issue for persons with reduced functional capacity, for example older persons, and is also crucial for older pedestrians’ safety. The aim of the paper is to evaluate the importance and satisfaction of accessibility issues in public outdoor environments the year around as perceived by older persons (65 years old and above). Within two before and after studies physical measures to improve accessibility have been implemented in order to eliminate physical barriers in the outdoor environment (the Summer-study) as well as keeping that environment accessible in the winter by improved winter maintenance (the Winter-study). Both qualitative and quantitative methods are combined in the... (More)
Accessibility in public outdoor environments is an important issue for persons with reduced functional capacity, for example older persons, and is also crucial for older pedestrians’ safety. The aim of the paper is to evaluate the importance and satisfaction of accessibility issues in public outdoor environments the year around as perceived by older persons (65 years old and above). Within two before and after studies physical measures to improve accessibility have been implemented in order to eliminate physical barriers in the outdoor environment (the Summer-study) as well as keeping that environment accessible in the winter by improved winter maintenance (the Winter-study). Both qualitative and quantitative methods are combined in the study including focus group interviews, participant observations and questionnaires. The questionnaire consisted of 27 accessibility factors in the Summer-study respectively 18 in the Winter-study and the respondents were asked to state (1) how important each one of the factor is to them and (2) how satisfied they are regarding the existing situation. The results show that accessibility in summer as well as winter conditions is considered as very important by the older persons themselves. Furthermore, the importance is increasing by the age of the older persons, due to a decreasing functional capacity. In summer conditions, several of the age-related factors have to do with the “easily removed barriers” legislation, i.e. physical barriers in the outdoor environment. This is to be compared with the non age-related factors that have more to do with “orderliness”. In winter conditions, accessibility is as important regardless of age and older persons are generally more satisfied with snow removal than the prevention of ice and slipperiness. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Accessibility in public outdoor environments is an important issue for persons with reduced functional capacity, for example older persons, and is also crucial for older pedestrians’ safety. The aim of the paper is to evaluate the importance and satisfaction of accessibility issues in public outdoor environments the year around as perceived by older persons (65 years old and above). Within two before and after studies physical measures to improve accessibility have been implemented in order to eliminate physical barriers in the outdoor environment (the Summer-study) as well as keeping that environment accessible in the winter by improved winter maintenance (the Winter-study). Both qualitative and quantitative methods are combined in the study including focus group interviews, participant observations and questionnaires. The questionnaire consisted of 27 accessibility factors in the Summer-study respectively 18 in the Winter-study and the respondents were asked to state (1) how important each one of the factor is to them and (2) how satisfied they are regarding the existing situation. The results show that accessibility in summer as well as winter conditions is considered as very important by the older persons themselves. Furthermore, the importance is increasing by the age of the older persons, due to a decreasing functional capacity. In summer conditions, several of the age-related factors have to do with the “easily removed barriers” legislation, i.e. physical barriers in the outdoor environment. This is to be compared with the non age-related factors that have more to do with “orderliness”. In winter conditions, accessibility is as important regardless of age and older persons are generally more satisfied with snow removal than the prevention of ice and slipperiness.},
  author       = {Wennberg, Hanna and Ståhl, Agneta and Hydén, Christer},
  keyword      = {Accessibility,Winter maintenance,Satisfaction,Older pedestrians},
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  title        = {Importance of and satisfaction with different accessibility factors as perceived by older pedestrians},
  year         = {2007},
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