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IJET 2017 Vol.9(4): 346-349 ISSN: 1793-8236
DOI: 10.7763/IJET.2017.V9.995

Walkability Assessment for Elderly Citizens and People with Disabilities

Wonho Suh, Bo Sung Kim, and Youngjin Yurk
Abstract—Number of elderly citizens and people with disability is increasing and there are growing needs for walkability assessment for them. Unbiased assessment about the pedestrian facility to better accommodate elderly citizens and people with disability will help local governments identify the problems and improve their facility. This paper provides information on the current infrastructure monitoring program to improve walkability for elderly citizens and people with disabilities. Also, this paper investigates the influencing factors in walkability assessment for elderly citizens and people with disability based on the field data. From the field data, it was found that pedestrian environments were affecting manual wheelchair users, while electric wheelchair users showed significantly lower level of correlations. Although this paper only provided results from limited field data, it is believed that this paper provided a framework for the data collection to identify influencing factors for elderly citizens and people with disability. More comprehensive data collection and statistical analysis will help to improve the walkability assessment process for elderly citizens and people with disability.

Index Terms—Elderly pedestrian, pedestrian environment, pedestrian with disability, walkability, walkability assessment.

The authors are with Hanyang University ERICA Campus, Ansan, South Korea (e-mail: wonhosuh@hanyang.ac.kr, chen2@hanyang.ac.kr, dudwls0688@naver.com).

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Cite: Wonho Suh, Bo Sung Kim, and Youngjin Yurk, "Walkability Assessment for Elderly Citizens and People with Disabilities," International Journal of Engineering and Technology vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 346-349, 2017.

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