Pedestrian and motorised mobility scooter safety of older people
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Pedestrian and motorised mobility scooter safety of older people

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      Traffic Inj Prev
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      Walking is older adults’ second most preferred mode of transport and preferred recreational activity. This leads to greater exposure to traffic, increasing their risk of pedestrian-vehicle crashes, with older adults being more likely to die as a pedestrian when compared to other modes of transport. However, less focus has been placed on this particularly vulnerable group. This review summarises issues associated with older adult pedestrian and motorised mobility scooters (MMS) safety and interventions that have been conducted.


      A literature search was undertaken from Pub Med, MUARC publications, Curtin University Library Catalogue and Google Scholar. Keywords included older pedestrians, older adult road injury, mobility scooter injury, and injury prevention. Publications from 2000 onwards were used, unless an earlier publication had significant relevance and worth.


      Maintaining older adults’ mobility and independence during a time of decreasing physical and mental capacity is a priority. Walking provides a key mode of transport that needs to be given higher priority within the road environment by policy makers, transport planners and drivers. Therefore governments need to consider appropriate and comprehensive urban planning and road safety policies that accommodate ‘active ageing’ to provide pedestrians and MMS users with environments that facilitate active living and safe transport. In addition there is a need for community programs that raise awareness about safe road crossing for this growing vulnerable age group.

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