Potholes in pavements driving older people off the streets

David Brown reports on how potholes are a nuisance for than just for car drivers.

Cracked and uneven pavements are stopping nearly one in three older people from walking on their local streets, according to a new UK survey.

The research by the charity Living Streets found over 3.5 million older people are prevented from walking more – due to concern over potholes, obstructions on footpaths and people driving too quickly.

Nearly half of older adults said they would walk more if footpaths were well-maintained, with 28% saying lower speed limits would also help.

The charity is calling for councils to spend at least 15% of their local transport infrastructure on walking and cycling – and to remember pavement potholes when repairing their roads.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto