The future of transport in an ageing society

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Over the next 6 months, we will be working with Age UK on a project which will consider how we set the agenda for the future for UK transport policy in the context of ageing. As part of the ILC Global Alliance visit to the UK, we will organise an event on transport innovations. (Details below).

We will seek to understand the common challenges in transport for older people across the world and set out the latest statistical evidence on transport provision in the UK.

In 1998, Help the Aged published a report on Transport which called for transport to be “Safe, accessible, reliable, affordable”. We will be looking at progress and considering what next. In 2015 we will set our priorities for action on transport for a future Government.

We haven’t yet looked in detail at the evidence or decided on priorities but here below are three interesting trends which might come up.

How is demographic change changing our travel patterns?

The percentage of those aged 70+ with a driving licence has shot up whilst younger drivers seem to be turning away from the car[1].

Why are our roads unsafe for older people?

37% of fatal pedestrian deaths and 30% of car occupant fatalities are over 60, despite this group making up just 22.7% of the population. 23% of pedal cycle deaths are among those aged over 60, despite older people being much less likely to cycle than other ages.[2]

And why do we stop cycling?

As we age we are less likely to cycle to work. Over the past 10 years, the proportion of 65+ cycling to work is flat in London and has fallen from 2.3% to 1.5% outside the city.[3]



[2] Department for Transport Statistics (2013) Reported casualties by road user type, age and severity, Great Britain, 2013

[3] Census 2001 and 2011, Office for National Statistics.

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