Do we allow elderly pedestrians sufficient time to cross the street in safety?

Eli Carmeli, Raymond Coleman, H. Llaguna Omar, Dawn Brown-Cross

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The timings of pedestrian crosswalk signals are usually determined by traffic engineers, based on data from gait-speed trials, which might not take into consideration environmental factors or the special needs of elderly pedestrians. The authors carried out a study on a selected population of elderly south Florida residents (mean age 82.7 years) that showed slower crossing times with an outdoor simulated street crossing than with an indoor crossing. The gait-velocity trials indicate that timing of crosswalk signals might be inappropriate and might need readjusting to improve pedestrian safety for the elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-58
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging
  • Gait
  • Pedestrian safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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