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New report shows how to create a successful age-friendly neighbourhood

Source: Sustrain 29.03.2021

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/news/2021/march/new-report-shows-how-to-create-a-successful-age-friendly-neighbourhood/

sustrans-age-friendly-tyburn-project-report-2021.pdf

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, our Age-friendly Tyburn project has helped to transform this part of Birmingham. And older people can now safely walk, wheel, cycle and access public transport more easily. Today we've launched a report filled with evidence and recommendations to help local authorities replicate this project across the UK.

Urban environments have a huge impact on people’s health and wellbeing.

The character and condition of our streets and public spaces can influence how physically active we are.

They change how we feel about our local community and how much we participate and feel valued and included.
  

Covid has changed how we move around

In addition, Covid-19 has created an unprecedented crisis across the world, having a disproportionate impact on older people’s physical and mental wellbeing.

Lockdowns have understandably changed the way we move in and use our physical environments.

From this crisis, we are learning that reduced traffic movement makes our neighbourhoods and environments more pleasant and creates more space to walk and cycle.

We can adjust our physical world to create a ‘new normal’ that is more age-friendly.

Creating space for people to walk, cycle, move and connect with their community more easily.

And this will hugely help to prevent and reduce social isolation.

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