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Senior streets-senior places : creating walkable community for the elderly Park, Kyoung Bae

Abstract

The study was conducted to propose design solutions and alternatives that could be applied on community design and planning to support the needs of the elderly for their physical activity (walking) and social interaction within the built environment. Cadboro Bay community in Regional District of Saanich, BC was particularly selected for the study considering its large population of the elderly and their increased demand for creating an accessible, safe, and pedestrian friendly community. By reviewing relevant literature and projects for the needs of the elderly for their physical activity and social interaction, and assessing the current condition of built environment and its relationship to physical activity of the elderly within the community context, design principles were proposed and the solutions based on 13 key principles were implemented in three scales of community design for Cadboro Bay: land use pattern, street and transportation network, and design characteristics. These proposed design solutions were also tested and evaluated by walking distance analysis, the assessment of Pedestrian LOS, and visual simulation of walking experience comparing the current condition and the proposed plan. It is found that the adherence to the principles resulted in improving the built environment to accommodate the needs of the elderly for their physical activity and social interaction.

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