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Improving accessibility for older people - investing in a valuable asset

Mackett, RL; (2015) Improving accessibility for older people - investing in a valuable asset. Journal of Transport and Health , 2 (1) pp. 5-13. 10.1016/j.jth.2014.10.004. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper explores the contribution of older people to society, the role of mobility in the quality of life of older people, and whether making it easier for older people to travel would enable them to increase their contribution. The paper commences by considering evidence on the economic value of older people to society. This shows that older people make a net contribution through expenditure in shops, employment, voluntary work, childcare and taxation which exceeds their cost to the taxpayer. The assumptions underlying the calculations are examined and found to be robust. The patterns of travel of older people are examined and found to be consistent with the estimates of the economic contribution of older people. Mobility provides many intrinsic benefits for older people, facilitating independence, reducing social isolation and physical activity. Evidence from the examples of the ability to drive and providing free bus travel is considered. Then the contribution of older people to society in future is examined and how travel contributes to this. It is shown that changes in older people׳s mobility would affect their contribution to society. Ways in which the mobility of older people could be increased are identified.

Type: Article
Title: Improving accessibility for older people - investing in a valuable asset
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jth.2014.10.004
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2014.10.004
Language: English
Additional information: © 2015. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Keywords: Accessibility, Mobility, Older people, Society, Concessionary travel
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476454
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