Older Pedestrians at Risk - This 2008 TSTC report found that older pedestrians are far more likely to be killed while walking than their younger neighbors.
Older pedestrians are especially at risk of being killed in a collision with a car or truck. Nationally, older pedestrians suffer far higher fatality rates than those under 60 years of age, but in the Tri-State region, the disparities are even greater, with pedestrian fatality rates for people 60 years and older nearly 3 times the rate for people under 60 years. For those 75 years and older the fatality rates are nearly 3.7 times that for people under 60.
New York City DOT’s Safe Streets for Seniors program has become a national model since it began in 2008. As a first step, NYC DOT designated 25 senior pedestrian focus areas based on statistical analysis and mapping, and then initiated a pilot program in each borough. Typical improvement measures include lengthening the duration of crossing signals, increasing the visibility of street markings, repairing broken curbs and missing curb ramps, installing pedestrian refuges, and narrowing roadways with traffic calming techniques.
The New York State Department of Transportation, in response to a 2008 Tri-State report on senior pedestrian safety, created a new SafeSeniors initiative to address older pedestrian safety.
The Campaign continues to press for more funding for New York State’s SafeSeniors program, and also calls for the creation of safe routes for seniors programs in New Jersey and Connecticut.