Joanne Spearing, an 80-year-old resident of Welland, Ont., slowly disembarks from a city bus. Urban planners say more attention needs to be paid to the special demands of an aging population. | Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail
Is 30 seconds enough time to cross the street? Not if you’re over the age of 65.
“Pedestrian crossings are made for Olympic runners,” one elderly Canadian responded in a survey conducted by the World Health Organization.
Photo Credit: Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail
Source: The Globe and Mail
Don’t call West Vancouver’s Village at Park Royal a mall. The shopping centre, which promises “sunny patios and shopping galore,” is marketed as a lifestyle centre. The reason? Its design encourages customers, a majority of whom are older than 55, to spend the day.
Trees, streetlamps and benches line wide sidewalks along a High Street-like retail strip. Each building is unique, but the centre offers many of the same stores found in big-box developments or malls. But unlike those shopping centres, people here congregate outdoors like they would in a town square. In the winter, customers are offered a free umbrella service to keep them dry. continue reading>>
Source: Kate Robertson (CTV News)