Aging society in Bangkok and the factors affecting mobility of elderly in urban public spaces and transportation facilities

Sariya Srichuae, Vilas Nitivattananon, Ranjith Perera

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Abstract

Urbanization and aging of societies are two global trends in urban areas, especially in rapidly developing countries. Mobility of the elderly to access to public spaces is hindered by inadequate transportation infrastructure and services. The current study assesses this mobility problem in terms of access to public spaces using various modes of transportation. It utilized a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods. The data were obtained from elderly people aged 60 and older living in three different urban areas of Bangkok. Data collection was done using a questionnaire-based survey. Logistic regression was utilized for determining the significant factors affecting mobility of the elderly. It was found that the ability to travel without assistance, the distribution of public spaces with accessible transportation services, urban density, and urban development patterns influenced the mobility of elders. This study suggests inclusion of universal design principles in public projects, community planning, and the integration of transportation planning and urban systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-34
Number of pages9
JournalIATSS Research
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Aging society
  • Mobility
  • Out-of-home activities
  • Transportation modes
  • Urban public spaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation
  • Safety Research
  • Urban Studies
  • Engineering(all)

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