"Addressing the needs of older people in the development of future transportation concepts in Europe is an important issue. However, there are no systematic studies available, which provide a complete picture of what has already been done to adress the mobility-related needs of the elderly. Such a systematic study could be used to create an Action Plan for future steps in addressing the needs of an ageing society in mobility and transportation. With TRACY, we seek to provide a systematic and comprehensive study of current activity, and use the results of this study to analyse the present situation, identify research gaps and contribute towards a strategy to tackle the challenge of transport in an ageing society.
Indeed, in the context of the need “to contribute to a better understanding of the requirements to properly address elderly mobility” (work programme 2011 cooperation theme 7 transport (including aeronautics) p. 101), our overarching aim is to develop an Action Plan outlining means of proceeding to achieve excellence in transport for an ageing society, on the basis of a detailed analysis of a comprehensive dataset. This Action Plan will include guidelines, requirements and specifications to promote safe and adequate usage of all passenger land transport modes for older people. Recommendations will be made in the form of specific research topics for European and national RTD programmes.
In our concept we pay special attention to the gendered nature of the issue at hand, as well as to human factors such as geographical and cultural or welfare differences, and possible conflicts between social and other aspects of sustainability (e.g. environmental).
This objectives will be achieved by document review and synthesis completed by Interviews with European national transport authorities, followed by an critical analysis of the mobility needs and practices of elderly people and the assessment of the effectiveness of current policies. One significant output is the ‘bigger picture’ of transport in an ageing society."
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Funding SchemeCP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project