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Safe and passenger-friendly bus and tram stops in Krakow
Safe and passenger-friendly bus and tram stops in Krakow

New modernised bus and tram stops with an adjusted platform have been implemented in Krakow. The main purpose of the reconstruction was improving quality, safety and accessibility of PT bus and tram stops. The new solution reduces interchange time and provides more security for older  people as well.

The key partners were the local PT company, the Municipality of Krakow, the City Council and local infrastructure companies.

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The Public Transport Fleet in Krakow
The Public Transport Fleet in Krakow

Krakow is constantly renewing its PT fleet by buying modern vehicles. Both trams and buses are concerned. Mainly, they are exchanged for lowfloor,vehicles, which is a great solution for older people.

There are also more convenient and safer facilities inside the vehicles, including special seats for older people. Additional handrails are being mounted into the tram entrances. There is also electronic and audio information about the next stops inside a lot of tramways and on some modern buses.

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Improving the accessibility – senior friendly walking routes in Odense
Improving the accessibility – senior friendly walking routes in Odense

The City of Odense has worked with accessibility for several years and it is a goal to create a continuous and uncomplicated traffic system for all users. Among other things, this means that traffic areas and squares are planned and implemented with a view to improve accessibility as much as possible.

In 2008, it was decided to make an accessibility plan for the City of Odense with the purpose of improving the accessibility in the inner city.

Here accessibility means that public areas, squares, paths are accessible for everybody including people with mobility problems such as people in a wheelchair, parents with a pram, people with walking frames or people who are visually handicapped etc.

The City of Odense and Rambøll Nyvig are the key partners and it has taken approx. one year to make the accessibility plan.

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New dedicated services – TELE-BUS in Krakow
New dedicated services – TELE-BUS in Krakow

Since July 2007, inhabitants of Krakow have the possibility to use an innovative demand responsive transport service: TELE-BUS. This Polish-Italian joint initiative is a pioneer DRT solution in Poland and an  example of technology and know-how transfer in public transport on an international scale.

The key partners within this activity are the local public transport company (MPK), the Municipality of Krakow and the City Council.

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Door to door bus services and adapted infrastructures for people with reduced mobility in Wallonia (Belgium)
Door to door bus services and adapted infrastructures for people with reduced mobility in Wallonia (Belgium)

The purpose is to provide specific door to door minibus services and universally designed bus lines to people with reduced mobility.

The key partners are TEC, a regional transport operator, urban communities such as Liège, Namur and Mons, a public agency for people with disabilities (AWIPH) and the Red Cross as call center service provider.

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Railway Service Accessibility in Luxembourg
Railway Service Accessibility in Luxembourg

In 2000, the CFL (Société des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois) started to collect systematical information about the accessibility of the railway stations in Luxembourg and the rolling material. The aim was to make a maximum of infrastructural and organisational elements accessible.

In 2007, the project started. The CFL contracted Info-Handicap and its relevant partners to carry out an analysis of all railway stations. They have all been checked and the CFL is including the accessibility aspects in planning for renovation works.

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Fares and Ticket Discounts for older people in Krakow
Fares and Ticket Discounts for older people in Krakow

In Krakow there is a public transport tariff that includes a free ticket for people over 70 and discounts (about 50%) for retired people. This tariff was established by the City Council in the 1980’s and is still running.

The key partners within this activity are the local public transport company (MPK), the Municipality of Krakow and the City Council.

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Improved Pedestrian Environment in Krakow
Improved Pedestrian Environment in Krakow

The activity was implemented in the early 1990’s and is still running. The main objective of it is to improve the environment for pedestrians who move through the city on foot.

The key partners of this activity are the local public transport company (MPK), the Municipality of Krakow, the City Council and local road authorities (ZDiT and KZK, now  called ZIKiT).

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Older people cycling training scheme in Munich
Older people cycling training scheme in Munich

Green City initiated the project with the support of the City of Munich in the summer of 2006. The major goal of the training courses is to make older people enjoy everyday cycling once again. Moreover, they should be trained for critical situations in traffic and overcome inhibitions towards alternative bikes.

During the summer months, several training courses with special concepts developed for older people are still being carried out. They last for about 4 hours with a small theoretical introduction and then a practical training. They are conducted in different districts of Munich. Older People Service Centres are involved as venue for the training courses.

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Introduction of minibus services for the higher parts of the city in Donostia - San Sebastián
Introduction of minibus services for the higher parts of the city in Donostia - San Sebastián

The project consisted in improving the accessibility of the residential districts located on hillsides close to the city centre by implementing new minibus services.

The action was jointly planned and is being implemented by the Municipality of Donostia-San Sebastián and the city public transport company, Companía del Tranvía.

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Vertical Transport Systems in Donostia - San Sebastián
Vertical Transport Systems in Donostia - San Sebastián

Over the last few years, new vertical transport systems have been developed and those more than one century old have experienced intense technological innovation. The offer of vertical public  transport makes walking and cycling trips to and from the city centre easier for citizens who live in the hilly parts of the city.

Vertical transport encourages people to shift towards non-motorized transport modes. It is specially targeted to older people and persons with reduced mobility.

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Senior Life Policy in Odense
Senior Life Policy in Odense

In February 2007, the Odense City Council adopted a new Policy for the Life of Senior Citizens that intends to keep senior citizens as healthy and independent as long as possible.

Age should not be regarded as an illness. This decision should be seen in the light of a population growing older with rapidly increasing expenses for elderly care and curative hospital treatment.

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”Walk and Talk” for older people (60+) in a local area in Odense
”Walk and Talk” for older people (60+) in a local area in Odense

A pilot project “Walk and Talk” started as part of an education programme within senior sport for two employees of the city of Odense – both work on health promotion and prevention for older people.

The aim is to increase older people’s motivation to walk, strengthen their social relations and hold on to good walking habits. The activity is an offer to both active and less active older people, since the walking trips can be adjusted in both length and speed.

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“Get on, get off, … get around!” Congress on the opportunities for changing and managing mobility in an ageing society in Salzburg
“Get on, get off, … get around!” Congress on the opportunities for changing and managing mobility in an ageing society in Salzburg

The special feature of this event is the interdisciplinary approach to the topic, which also keeps in mind the management opportunities of transport operators, traffic associations and city and transport planners.

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Mobility Day for Seniors in Salzburg
Mobility Day for Seniors in Salzburg

All kinds of transport modes like walking, cycling, public transport and others are presented by various institutions, NGOs, transport organisations and companies working on the subject of mobility. The Mobility Day takes place every year.

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BAIM plus – mobility through information in Frankfurt
BAIM plus – mobility through information in Frankfurt

The purpose of BAIM plus is to support an independent participation in public transport particularly for elderly people and people with reduced mobility by the provision of appropriate information services.

Coordinator of the project consortium is the German public transport association Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund GmbH. The project runs from 2008 – 2010.

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Train-the-trainer - mobility training for elderly people in Offenbach am Main
Train-the-trainer - mobility training for elderly people in Offenbach am Main

With its programme for elderly people, LNO aims at enabling members of this target group to make good use of public transport in order to maintain and improve quality of life.

In the train-the-trainer model, LNO trains bestagers to become teachers for the use of public transport. When having completed their education, the trainers are able to circulate the information they got to other elderly people.

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Improvement of conditions for local mobility by walking and cycling in one of the central quarters of Munich
Improvement of conditions for local mobility by walking and cycling in one of the central quarters of Munich

The City of Munich initiated a pilot project in one of the central quarters of the town which aims at improving the mobility on foot, by bike, by inline skates or scooters and by public transport (especially by bus). Following the status analysis of the planner, the project placed emphasis on involving the inhabitants with the objective of identifying their problems and of finding the right solutions to improve walking and cycling etc. with simple measures.

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Walking campaign in Odense – encouraging older people to walk more
Walking campaign in Odense – encouraging older people to walk more

In September and October 2009, a four week walking campaign was carried out in the City of Odense with the aim of encouraging older people to walk more by arousing their awareness concerning how much or little they are walking every day. This was done by offering a pedometer to older people and arranging walking trips to different places in Odense. Approx. 500 older people participated in the campaign.

A pedometer counts the number of steps a person is taking. Thus, it becomes visible how much or little a person is walking every day and this awareness often results in an increase in the number of steps. In this way, the idea was that the participants would increase their daily number of steps throughout the four weeks the campaign lasted.

In order to see if the participants increased their number of steps we asked them to register them each week. Each registration was entered in a weekly competition.

The walking campaign lasted four weeks and was carried out by the City of Odense with the support from Senior House Odense, the Council of Aged and Dansk Arbejder Idrætsforbund.

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Travel training for older people in Salzburg, Austria
Travel training for older people in Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg implemented a pioneer project for senior passengers in public transport. It respects the specific needs of the older customer and enhances safe travelling. Older persons remain to be customers if you enable them to use PT safely and if you incorporate their requirements. The project encourages mobility for older people, as mobility is crucial for the quality of life.

The travel training is a cooperation between the local transport company (StadtBus)  and an NGO called ZGB (Zentrum für Generationen und Barrierefreiheit) Center for Generations and Accessibility.

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Guided Cycle Trips – Encouraging Older People to Continue Cycling in Odense
Guided Cycle Trips – Encouraging Older People to Continue Cycling in Odense

In 2009 the City of Odense and eight volunteer cycle captains planned and carried out 24 cycle trips with the aim to encourage and promote cycling among older people. The trips had different lengths, destinations and starting points in order to reach as many people as possible and to show the variety of cycling possibilities in Odense.

Up to 15 participants besides two cycle captains were participating on each trip. On several trips, the participants met with a person from the municipality who told about the area they were cycling in. In addition, most trips were planned so the participants could have lunch together during the trip.

Each trip took between 2 and 4 hours depending on the length, number of breaks and whether the participants met a person from the municipality.

The cycling trips are continuing in 2010 due to the positive feedback from the participants.

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Adapting Public Transport for older people in the city of Donostia- San Sebastián
Adapting Public Transport for older people in the city of Donostia- San Sebastián

The principal aim of this measure is to encourage and increase the use of the public transport among the old people. At the same time, they get some useful information about how to make use of public transport system, not just about buses services but also learning about how to understand information provided in all the bus stations of the city, including timetables and frequency.

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The Grey Diamond: Senior Citizens in Public Transport in Zeeland
The Grey Diamond: Senior Citizens in Public Transport in Zeeland

In an ageing society, the support function of public facilities, among which public transport, for senior citizens to live and move around independently are increasingly important. Key question regarding the target group : How can public transport authorities, operators and end-users in the Netherlands influence a positive and efficient development of public transport for senior citizens in an ageing society?

Derived questions are:

  • What are the demographic developments around senior citizens?
  • What are their mobility needs?
  • What were the results of various interventions?
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Older people and road safety in Donostia - San Sebastián
Older people and road safety in Donostia - San Sebastián

Road safety education is probably one of the failed subjects of our society. Most of the people ignore quite usually lot of the rules that should be known in order to avoid common accidents. This reason, among others, was the cause to organise some workshop related to this matter for old people of Donostia- San Sebastián. The principal aim of this activity was the improvement of road safety and, at the same time, the encouragement of the use of non-motorised modes.

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Individualized Marketing of sustainable transport modes for older citizens in Munich
Individualized Marketing of sustainable transport modes for older citizens in Munich

The City of Munich, Department of Public Order initiated a pilot project which aims at improving older peoples mobility by the provision of information and guidance.

With the support of different partners a comprehensive guidebook was compiled giving an overview of sustainable mobility options including public transport, walking, cycling and a smarter use of the car in the city and region of Munich. This guidebook was sent by the mayor of Munich to 10.000 households in the age range of 60 to 75. The guidebook however is only a door-opener for an intensive marketing dialogue. By sending in a reply-card further information material can be obtained free of charge. In addition a registration for training courses, which have a relation to the daily mobility, is possible. Mobility guidance on the phone is delivered as well if requested.

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Promote walking among older people in Donostia - San Sebastián
Promote walking among older people in Donostia - San Sebastián

The project consists in helping and encouraging older people to walk along different areas in the city and not only in the centre and y La Concha sea side.
The action was planned by the Mobility Department of the Donostia San Sebastián Municipality inside de AENEAS project with the very important help of the Club Vasco de Camping Elkartea.

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