Not enough time to cross.
If we want older people to stay mobile, we need to look at the everday issues they encounter first.
Most road-safety initiatives prioritise a rapid clearing of the road so cars can pass.
In contrast to increases in vehicle safety over the decades, we have seen little new technology to ensure the safety of pedestrians – and current innovations are still based on a car-centric approach.
Racewalkers turn a corner – keeping one foot on the ground – during the women’s 20-km event at the 2012 London Olympics.
Racewalking has been part of the Olympic Games since 1904, but gets little respect in the United States. That might change if Americans knew a little more about it.
Many mobile phone users now text, or intently perform some other function on their phone, while walking.
Banning pedestrians from using their phones seems a natural extension of the prohibition against mobile phone use while driving.
Everyone has experienced it. Striding along in a purposeful hurry, your progress is thwarted by a slow-moving pedestrian, dawdling along the pavement. Perhaps they’re talking into their mobile phone, looking…
The way we get around has been revolutionised over the past half a century. But old habits die hard.