As America ages and hopes to age in place, it is important for communities to determine how to become safer and more accessible for pedestrians. AARP, in collaboration with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), published the Pedestrian Safety and Mobility Audit Guide in order to help local auditors looking to understand better the technical, administrative, regulatory, social, and behavioral issues related to pedestrian safety and mobility at intersections and road segments.
This AARP/ITE document is a guide to conducting a mobility and safety audit. The auditing process is briefly described through a step-by-step method: review the audit guide, conduct an audit briefing, conduct a field audit, audit debrief, and implementation. Construction of the first step, the audit guide, can be divided into sections, based on community needs. Examples of such areas include institutional/government (key contacts, key pedestrian-related laws and penalties, law enforcement), environment (pleasantness of walk, personal security, maintenance and obstructions, wayfinding, construction areas, crossing distance, sight distance, lighting), traffic/drivers (speed and other driver behavior), pedestrian (shoulders, sidewalks, crossings, behavior), transit (bus stops/shelters), and bicycles.
How to Use
This survey provides city planners and local government officials planning information for an aging population by outlining the key livable community features and services of interest to the aging population, along with gaps for successful community planning. Additionally, this survey provides a great resource and case study for other communities looking to determine the livability needs of an aging population.
View full report: Pedestrian Mobility and Safety Audit Guide – 2008 (PDF – 1.7 MB)