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Includes walking health benefits and tips for staying safe at intersections for mature adults.
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While fewer in number, pedestrian crashes involving older adults are devastating to their victims. As a general rule, older adults are struck while crossing streets in crosswalks or by drivers making turning movements through crosswalks. Older adults are very law-abiding pedestrians.

Most older adults struck are in good physical condition. They are out on foot, walking for business or pleasure or to maintain their health. Most have many years of healthy life ahead. Still, they are fragile. Being struck by a car is often a death sentence. If they survive the crash, they may be disabled or confined to a nursing home. The victim's life suffers in quality and is severely shortened.

Older adults are very receptive to well crafted safety messages. They need to know about the threats presented by cars making turns. They need to know that choice of footwear (good traction) and more visible clothing (bright and visible) are important factors in protecting themselves.

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Helpful Links:

Focusing on the Senior Pedestrian:
In 1994, pedestrian crashes took the lives of 1,249 senior adults, ages 65 and older. U.S. Department of Transportation. Federal Highway Administration.

Give Elderly Pedestrians More Time To Cross Intersections:
The safety of elderly pedestrians at five urban intersections in Miami. A press release.

Hey! Older pedestrians need more time than that to cross a street!
This article focuses on the need for longer traffic walk lights, zoning, and education for the older pedestrian population. This article was written for the Partnership for a Walkable America by Emily Smith of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center.

Ice, snow and slippery sidewalks: For many seniors, winter is "hip season"
This article focuses on hazardous winter walking conditions and the effect they have on the senior population. This article was written for the Partnership for a Walkable America by Emily Smith of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center.

Making streets safer for seniors on foot:
Older walkers face the same dangers as younger pedestrians but often have less physical agility to cope with those dangers. Article provided by the Pedestrian Safety Roadshow. U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

Focusing on the Senior Pedestrian:
Pedestrian Information from the FHWA.

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