The potential of low traffic measures for healthy active ageing

Lauryn Macniven, Adele Dickson, Alan J. Gow

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Being and remaining active is reported to be positively associated with healthy ageing, though many older adults are not as active as they would like to be. Low Traffic Neighbourhoods have been identified as a possible solution to traffic-related activity barriers. This study aimed to explore this possibility, and the potential for these methods to support active ageing. 20 older adults aged between 60 and 91 (80 per cent women) took part in focus groups across low and high traffic areas. Discussions centred on experiences of staying active and perceptions of low traffic measures for facilitating activity. Six participants then took part in walking interviews across two areas, which explored some of the barriers and enablers to staying active. Staying active was found to be particularly important, though many participants suggested that a number of environmental barriers prevent them from being as active as they would like to be, in line with previous research. Many struggled to recognise the potential of low traffic measures, suggesting that there is a lack of consideration for older people within the planning process, particularly those with mobility issues. Future studies should focus on those with mobility issues in order to explore range of needs.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2329202
JournalUrban, Planning and Transport Research
Issue number1
Early online date31 Mar 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Mar 2024


  • Active ageing
  • barriers
  • enablers
  • low traffic measures
  • qualitative
  • walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Urban Studies


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