Aging & Driving Symposium: A Focus on Pedestrian Safety for Older Adults

Wed, May 17, 2023 1:00-2:30 PM

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Ron Knezevich is a traffic engineer who specializes in data science and currently works as the pedestrian bicycle coordinator for the state of Georgia. Ron continually strives to utilize emerging technologies such as connected infrastructure alongside data analytic techniques to decrease roadway fatalities and injuries and improve travel experience for all ages and abilities.

As the proportion of seniors in our population increase, it is critical to ensure a walkable and safe environment. This session will begin with a review crash trend related to an aging population and how review how aging affects the risk of severe pedestrian crashes. Then, we will discuss methods to identify these high priority locations in a community. Next, we will discuss various age friendly roadway designs for pedestrians. Finally, helpful tips for pedestrians to navigate the roadway safely will be provided. Come learn what you can do to make walking safer for yourself and your community!

Intended audience: Pedestrians aged 55 and older and their families and care partners; professionals who serve this age group; students in health care, public health, and social service professions; planners and others involved in community traffic safety.