Older adults' outdoor walking: inequalities in neighbourhood safety, pedestrian infrastructure and aesthetics

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Abstract

Older adults living in high-deprivation areas walk less than those living in low-deprivation areas. Previous research has shown that older adults’ outdoor walking levels are related to the neighbourhood built environment. This study examines inequalities in perceived built environment attributes (i.e., safety, pedestrian infrastructure and aesthetics) and their possible influences on disparities in older adults’ outdoor walking levels in low- and high-deprivation areas of Birmingham, United Kingdom. It applied a mixed-method approach, included 173 participants (65 years and over), used GPS technology to measure outdoor walking levels, used questionnaires (for all participants) and conducted walking interviews (with a sub-sample) to collect data on perceived neighbourhood built environment attributes. The results show inequalities in perceived neighbourhood safety, pedestrian infrastructure and aesthetics in high- versus low-deprivation areas and demonstrate that they may influence disparities in participants’ outdoor walking levels. Improvements of perceived neighbourhood safety, pedestrian infrastructure and aesthetic in high-deprivation areas are encouraged.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1179
Number of pages24
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume13
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • METIS-319778
  • ITC-GOLD
  • ITC-ISI-JOURNAL-ARTICLE

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