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cycle BOOM overview for SAG meeting 1
Transcript of cycle BOOM overview for SAG meeting 1
A study to understand cycling amongst the older population and how this affects independence, health and wellbeing in the UK
Cycling could play a more significant role in maintaining health and wellbeing among older people
Mobility and independence are important for wellbeing in later life
Cycling can contribute to physical and mental health and wellbeing through:
Access to activities outside the home
Sense of control
Little understanding of cycling among older people
Older people regarded as people lacking ability to cycle
Lack of policy discourse on older cycling
Infrastructure projects implemented without regard to older people's cycling
Public spaces in the UK generally unsupportive of older cycling
Understanding how the design of our towns and cities, and bicycle technology is shaping older people's experience of cycling
Creating toolkit for policy makers and practitioners to enable cycling
Knowledge of cycling in older age and its impact
Success in encouraging cycling in two European cities
Older people about cycling in their lives
Older people on routine cycle journeys
Electric bikes and their benefits compared with regular cycling
People aged 50-59 and 60+
: Professor Colin Pooley
Developing more inclusive neighbourhoods, towns and cities
Developing a more sustainable and inclusive transport system
Designing products suited to the growing market of older people
Developing novel research methods and new understanding of cycling
"For too long the focus has been on advising individuals to take an active approach to life. There has been far too little consideration of the social and physical environments that enable such activity to be taken."
Pamela Das and Richard Horton 'Rethinking our approach to physical activity' (2012) The Lancet, Vol 380, No.9838, 2012, p187.
Danish architect & urban design consultant