Research project encourages older people to get cycling

26 September 2013

Research project encourages older people to get cycling

Real Estate & Planning’s Dr Emma Street is one of the project co-ordinators on a major new research project which will examine how older people can be supported to maintain cycling into later life.

Real Estate & Planning’s Dr Emma Street is one of the project co-ordinators on a major new research project which will examine how older people can be supported to maintain cycling into later life. The project, called ‘Promoting Independent Cycling for Enhancing Later Life Experience and Social Synergy through Design' (PrICELESS Design), will bring together universities, national charities, government departments and local authorities, to encourage more cycling in England and Wales.

Emma said "The needs of older cyclists in the UK are poorly understood. We know that there are lots of factors, including changing levels of physical fitness, the quality of bicycling infrastructure including cycle lanes and the availability of appropriate bike technologies that affect whether people continue to cycle into later life. Our research aims to build a detailed picture of these factors, as well as exploring new innovations such as electric bikes which may play a role in extending cycling into older age."

 

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