Senior Pedestrian Safety
Seniors can increase their safety by remaining in pedestrian areas. They can help keep themselves and those around them safe by avoiding high-traffic areas. How can seniors keep safe around buses? Seniors should obey the crossing signals and make eye contact with the bus driver when they approach. This way, they will be less likely to be hit by a vehicle that isn’t in their immediate path.
Staying in pedestrian areas
There are a number of ways to ensure pedestrian safety for seniors, including staying in areas designated for walking and crosswalks. Seniors should be careful not to walk in areas where pedestrians are not permitted, such as in front or behind buildings, and avoid routes that have high speeds. Seniors should not walk along the road’s edge or on the broad shoulder. Crossing roads should be done in front of traffic. Using crosswalks gives them more time to cross without having to worry about a collision with a vehicle.
Researchers used sensory alerts in a recent study to ensure pedestrian safety. When given a warning, older adults and younger adults tended to cross the road when the signal is on, but some older adults missed opportunities due to the sound. These errors were greatly reduced by the permissive cautionary condition. Seniors, meanwhile, appreciated the safety provided by the signal, even when it was turned off.
Yielding right of Way
A pedestrian is not allowed to cross a highway or other road. The driver of the vehicle has the right-of-way. When this person is on foot, the driver must yield to the pedestrian and take precautions to avoid injuring the senior. Senior pedestrians are slower than younger people and require more space to walk. Drivers should practice yielding the right of way and be mindful when passing senior pedestrians.
Staying in law-abiding areas
While pedestrian accidents involving older adults are rare, they are not uncommon. Many of these pedestrians are law-abiding, and they are out for business, pleasure or health. But they are also delicate and vulnerable. A pedestrian crash involving an older person can result in permanent disability or shorten their lives. Read on for some tips on staying in law-abiding areas for senior pedestrians.
Staying active in transit systems
To protect vulnerable users of transportation networks, it is essential to have a comprehensive planning approach. Pedestrians are a diverse group, including people with limited mobility, those using walkers and canes, and senior citizens. Transportation systems must provide reliable winter maintenance and amenities to ensure their safety. Senior citizens need special considerations when choosing transportation, including convenient transit stops. The following tips will help transportation providers make the streets safer for senior pedestrians.