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Getting From Here to There: The Opinions of Oahu, Hawai'i Residents 50+ on Complete Streets

AARP has long supported sustained mobility as people age as well as affordable and appropriate housing options. The National Complete Streets Coalition is a national organization advocating for streets and roads that are designed to ensure safe access for users of all ages and abilities, including pedestrians, cyclists, public transit users, and drivers. To help better understand the opinions of Oahu, Hawai'i, residents on the need for Complete Streets in their community, AARP's Hawai'i State Office commissioned a telephone survey of Oahu residents age 50 and older.

Survey results found that:

  • Oahu residents prefer to stay in their communities for as long as they can. Respondents were rooted in their communities and wanted to stay there; they regarded their communities as good places for older adults to get around and remain active.
  • Most Oahu residents believe heavy traffic and streets that need repair are problems in their communities. While most respondents said streets in their communities have adequate features, such as lighting, sidewalks, crosswalks, and access to public transportation, less than half were extremely or very satisfied with the streets in their community in terms of their safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Oahu residents age 50+ support making their streets safer for all users. Two in three respondents would support a Complete Streets policy to ensure that roads be designed for all users, not only drivers, but walkers, bikers, and people using public transportation.

AARP commissioned Opinion Access Corporation to conduct a telephone survey of the general population age 50 and older who live in Honolulu County, Hawai'i. A random sample of 800 Oahu residents age 50+ completed telephone interviews between October 9 and October 19, 2008. The results were weighted by age and gender. For further information, contact Terri Guengerich at 202-434-6306. (20 pages)

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