On 16 June 2016, Hugh Dixon, Senior Traffic Engineer, attended an Institution of Transportation Engineers - Australia and New Zealand (ITEANZ) seminar on “Age-Friendly Transport” held at RMIT University in Swanston Street, Melbourne.
The speakers included:
Tricia Williams – Elegant Solutions - on how we age and what we need,
Jennie Oxley – Monash University Accident Research Centre - on the characteristics of crashes involving older road users,
Duane Burtt – Victoria Walks - on active mobility for older Victorians, and
David Williamson – Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd - on road design and engineering considerations for older road users.
The things that interested Hugh included: the varying effects of aging and identifying different levels in the process; how much of the incidence of elders being represented in crash statistics can be attributed to frailty rather than cognisance or ability; and how the elderly can be good test subjects to gauge the readability of road design.
A side track on the topic of road readability touched on the difficulty of introducing innovative solutions, and the need to educate road users where and when things are changing.