Simple Steps for better neighbourhood design

A street scene in Leichhardt, Sydney. It shows a heratig building on the left, a wide paved footpath and a large tree on the right. In the distance you can see a person walking and in the mid ground in a footpath inset is a person sitting on a seat.What does “Liveable” mean when people talk of Liveable Cities? That depends on who is living there. Most upcoming older people are not looking for segregated places in which to grow old – they want to stay home and in their familiar neighbourhood. But can our neighbourhood designs suit the trend to ageing in place? Indeed, can people age all over the place? An article published in The Conversation highlights 8 things to help people grow older safely and to stay active. Not surprisingly, footpaths head the list followed by pedestrian networks, slowed traffic, street crossings, accessible public transport, seating, shade and lighting. The article has many links to more detail and the research behind each of the features. It is easy to see that these factors are good for all ages.

Editor’s note: This is a similar list to one I devised when working with COTA NSW, which I turned into a Basic Age Friendly ChecklistJane Bringolf