ERIC Number: ED206780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Transportation Accessibility and Quality of Life for the Urban Elderly.
Belnap, Judith A.
The barriers to physical mobility of the elderly are explained in this study which concentrated on spatial-temporal accessibility, and the use of mass transit to urban services and resources. The first area of concern dealt with the amount and extent of free time available to the elderly who are perceived as having large blocks of descretionary time available to pursue chosen activities. An attempt was made to determine if this discretionary time was affected by having to match schedules with the transit system. The second area of concern identified the constraints of physical capability, time, and authority on the elderly. To explore these questions, five mobile, elderly, female non-drivers from Denver and Boulder, Colorado, were selected to give accounts of their use of the mass transit system. Study participants identified several difficulties that impeded the productive use of their free time. An Examination of access to two senior citizen community centers revealed that the elderly participants could not join in many activities because of transportation problems. These non-drivers lacked flexibility in scheduling their leisure time, partially because of the constraints of the aging process, and partially because of the need to rely on a inflexible transportation system. (Author/APM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Colorado (Boulder); Colorado (Denver)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Los Angeles, CA, 1981). For a related document, see ED 165 753.