Older pedestrians: a critical review of the literature

  • Published: Department for Transport, 2004
  • Authors: G. Dunbar, C. Holland and E. Maylor
  • Date Added: 28 Jan 2013
  • Last Update: 28 Jan 2013
  • Format: pdf


To provide a critical review of research on older pedestrians and road safety; to identify groups within the older population who are most at risk, and to identify best practice interventions.


A literature review on older pedestrians, also incorporating other older road users (e.g. drivers) where relevant.

Key Findings:

Older people appear to have specific problems with learning and sequencing route information – they are less able to learn a new route and report difficulties wayfinding.Absolute separation of vehicles and pedestrians to prevent conflicts may in turn present difficulties to older or mobility impaired pedestrians. Older pedestrians may not be persuaded to use footbridges for example.Accommodating signal timing and uniformity of crossing facilities along routes commonly used by older pedestrians would be likely to reduce conflicts.

Themes: older pedestrians, route planning, wayfinding


A comprehensive literature review, some elements cover the role of safe routes.