Experiences of neighbourhood walkability among older Australians living in high density inner-city areas

Vine, Desley, Buys, Laurie, & Aird, Rosemary (2012) Experiences of neighbourhood walkability among older Australians living in high density inner-city areas. Planning Theory and Practice, 13(3), pp. 421-444.

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Walking as an out-of-home mobility activity is recognised for its contribution to healthy and active ageing. The environment can have a powerful effect on the amount of walking activity undertaken by older people, thereby influencing their capacity to maintain their wellbeing and independence. This paper reports the findings from research examining the experiences of neighbourhood walking for 12 older people from six different inner-city high density suburbs, through analysis of data derived from travel diaries, individual time/space activity maps (created via GPS tracking over a seven-day period and GIS technology), and in-depth interviews. Reliance on motor vehicles, the competing interests of pedestrians and cyclists on shared pathways and problems associated with transit systems, public transport, and pedestrian infrastructure emerged as key barriers to older people venturing out of home on foot. GPS and GIS technology provide new opportunities for furthering understanding of the out-of-home mobility of older populations.

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ID Code: 53777
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Version of record first published: 10 Sep 2012
Keywords: walkability, out-of-home mobility, high density, neighbourhood, older people, active ageing, global positioning systems
DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2012.696675
ISSN: 1464-9357
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the Planning Theory and Practice © [2012] [copyright Taylor & Francis]; [Planning Theory and Practice] is available online at: www.tandfonline.com
Deposited On: 20 Sep 2012 22:05
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2014 15:21

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