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Roads adapted to an aging population

Francisco ALONSO
Grupo de Investigación DATS (Desarrollo y Asesoramiento en Tráfico y Seguridad Vial), INTRAS (Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Tráfico y Seguridad Vial). Universitat de València (46022 Valencia)

Mónica ALONSO
Ingeniera de Caminos, Canales y Puertos. Área de Carreteras e Infraestructuras. Diputación de Valencia

Sergio USECHE
Grupo de Investigación DATS (Desarrollo y Asesoramiento en Tráfico y Seguridad Vial), INTRAS (Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Tráfico y Seguridad Vial). Universitat de València (46022 Valencia)

Cristina ESTEBAN
Grupo de Investigación DATS (Desarrollo y Asesoramiento en Tráfico y Seguridad Vial), INTRAS (Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Tráfico y Seguridad Vial). Universitat de València (46022 Valencia)

ABSTRACT

It has taken decades to have regard for human factor in the field of road safety. Still remains pending attend to subject’s individual differences. There’s no discussion of the fact that the population is aging. Rising life expectancy coupled with falling birth rate has led to a fast population aging. As we progressively adapt different environments to aging population, road environment and design cannot be relegated.

In this article we discuss some reflections on the importance of this adaptation. Main needs and abilities of older which are differential to the rest of the general population are also discussed. Finally, possible measures to make such necessary adaptation will be explained.

KEYWORDS:

Infrastructure, Road safety, Traffic, User, Age, Aging People, Drivers, Accident occurrence, Elderly people.

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