Greater Manchester plans to support more over 50s to participate in Active Travel

Katie Scicluna, Karen Lucas

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportpeer-review

Abstract

Levels of physical activity and of active travel drop off rapidly with age. Supporting people to get about in an active way is a great way to design moving into people’s lives whilst also boosting their levels of independence and their social and economic inclusion. Adding life to years and years to life. As well as protecting life on the planet for future generations.
Boosting active travel for over 50s in Greater Manchester can make a real contribution to addressing the health inequalities we’ve seen so starkly exposed and exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The potential for change is massive, for example, in the UK the percentage of trips cycled steadily decline for women and men over the age of 50. In contrast, in cycle-friendly Netherlands, the percentage of trips cycled increase for both women and men between the ages 50-70.This report summarises the insight and evidence collated by Katie Scicluna, placement student at
the University of Manchester based on the outputs and discussion at the Active Travel Delivery workshop with TfGM in January 2021 and focused on the needs of over 50s. This highlights the discussion at the workshop, identifies key themes and presents supporting data, evidence and
analysis. The report also identifies key knowledge gaps that were identified at the workshop.
Original languageEnglish
Place of Publicationhttps://www.gmmoving.co.uk/media/4491/over-50s-active-travel-full-research-report.pdf
PublisherGreater Manchester Council
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • transport
  • active travel
  • mobility
  • over 50s
  • policies
  • planning

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