Perils for Pedestrians

TV talk about people who walk

Perils for Pedestrians Episode 76

Topics in Episode 76:

  • Researchers at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo study the importance of sidewalks to blind senior citizens.
  • Changes to an intersection affect pedestrians in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Groundwork Providence promotes bicycling to work in Rhode Island's Capital.
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers celebrates its 150th anniversary in Washington, DC.
  • Tucson, Arizona, is experimenting with a new type of pedestrian signal.
  • The Lifesavers Conference holds its 20th anniversary meeting in Orlando, Florida.
  • The 10th Congress For The New Urbanism is held in Miami Beach, Florida.
Photo - Dirt path instead of a sidewalk.
Researchers at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo study the importance of sidewalks to blind senior citizens.

The single most important factor affecting the mobility of blind senior citizens is the presence of sidewalks by their home. Those with sidewalks are several times more likely to travel independently than those without sidewalks.