A livable community is one that is safe and secure. It offers choices in where to live and how to get around.
Policymakers on the federal, state, and local levels have important roles in designing livable communities where residents of all ages can participate fully.
Livable and sustainable communities are safe and healthy. They offer residents choices in where to live and how to get around.
Planning refers to how policymakers design, regulate, and manage the built environment. Land-use, zoning, and developer requirements and incentives help planners guide development patterns.
People age 50 and older make 85 percent of their local trips by private vehicle. The vast majority of them hold a driver’s license.
Policymakers should use effective, evidence-based assessment models to identify at-risk drivers of all ages. They should receive counseling or referrals, and appropriate action should be taken.
Local governments should adopt curb management policies and practices that prioritize the safety of all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.
Intentional planning is needed to balance the need for micromobility devices (including e-scooters, e-bikes, and dockless bike shares) with the goal of ensuring safe passage for all.
Policymakers should ensure that personal delivery devices are deployed in a manner that supports pedestrian safety and accessibility, including for older adults and people with disabilities.
Congress should provide financial incentives for design modifications that improve the travel environment for older adults.