Roderick B Smith Rail News Victoria Editor
From Fri.15.6.12 Melbourne 'Herald Sun' <http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/elderly-run-risks-crossing-roads /story-fn7x8me2-1226396036274>
Elderly run risks crossing roads. Most older people cannot cross the road in time to beat traffic lights. The elderly struggle to walk fast enough, leaving them at the mercy of impatient motorists. Researchers compared the walking speed of people aged over 65 to that required to use a designated crossing. They found walkers needed to move at 1.2m a second in order to safely cross the road in time. However, the average walking speed of elderly participants in the study was only about 0.9m a second. More than 76 per cent of men and 85 per cent of women in the UK study walked at a speed that was below the 1.2m a second needed to cross safely. Researcher Dr Laura Asher, of University College London, said older pedestrians were more likely to be hit by a car than younger people because of their slower walking speed, slower decision making and perceptual difficulties. Monash University Accident Research Centre senior research fellow Dr Bruce Corben said pedestrians regularly complained they did not have enough time to cross the road. "It's quite a concerning issue," he said.